"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.
Whereas Africa as a typological area is often associated with extensive
verb morphology and verb serialization, this collection of studies shows
that there is tremendous typological diversity at the clausal level. Verb
serialization in the Khoisan area contrasts with extensive case-marking in
languages of northeastern Africa, which also use converbs and light verb
plus coverb constructions. Although the categorial distinction between
nouns and verbs is generally clear in African languages, a number of them
nevertheless provide intricate analytical challenges in this respect.
Whereas some languages are strongly head marking at the clausal level,
others manifest an interesting mixture of alternative strategies for the
coding of participants. The analysis of information packaging, and related
issues such as split ergativity, Differential Object Marking, and
discourse-configurational properties also play a role in several
contributions. The collection contains not only innovative analyses for the
respective language families these languages belong to, but also material
relevant for the current debate in theoretical linguistics concerning
lexical specification as against construction-based approaches towards