"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
In this study Terence McKay demonstrates how the principles of the theory
of Government and Binding apply to German syntax and in particular to an
aspect that has exposed especially problematic and interesting issues: the
properties of the infinitival constructions with lassen, scheinen and the
verbs of perception. Previous attempts to account for the syntactic
ambivalence between mono- and bisententiality of these constructions have
been demonstrably inadequate or incomplete. Here Dr. McKay argues
convincingly for a bisentential approach, which is compatible not only with
standard constituency tests but also with the Projection Principle. Such an
approach, interacting with government, binding, theta and case theories,
successfully accounts for the specific facts concerning relativisation,
extraposition, topicalisation, quantifier movement and negative scope
interpretation. The book not only offers important insights into the
structural complexity of German but also makes a valuable contribution to
Government and Binding theory and its application to German, about which
very little has been published so far.