"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.
This book is concerned with the relationship between semantics and surface
structure and in particular with the way in which each is mapped into the
other. Jim Miller argues that semantic and syntactic structure require
different representations and that semantic structure is far more complex
than many analysts realise. He argues further that semantic structure
should be based on notions of location and movement. The need for a
semantic component of greater complexity is demonstrated by an examination
of prepositions, particles, adverbs and verb-prefixes, and is shown to
accord with cross-language and historical facts. The volume goes on to
consider the sort of rules that are required to map semantic structures
onto syntax. Semantics and Syntax tackles fundamental issues and draws
together many of the key concepts of traditional grammar and formal
linguistics. The general framework for handling syntax, semantics and
morphology that it outlines is perhaps a controversial one, but it will be
recognized as challenging and original.