"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.
The present volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 23rd and
24th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop held at the University of
California, Santa Cruz and the University of Stuttgart. The contributions
provide insightful discussions of several topics of current interest for
syntactic theory on the basis of comparative data from a wide range of
contemporary and historical Germanic languages. The theoretical issues
explored include: the left periphery, with a number of contributions
touching on the pros and contras of cartographic accounts; different
aspects of word order and how it arises from movement and clause structure;
the interplay of thematic relations and case theory with the realization of
DPs; and the treatment of finiteness and modal structures. This book is of
interest to syntacticians working in a comparative perspective and to