"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.
English Focus Constructions and the Theory of Grammar
This book is concerned primarily with certain constructions in English,
often referred to as ‘stylistic,’ whose use is restricted to particular
contexts to discourse. Within the general framework of Chomskyan
Government-Binding Theory, Michael Rochemont and Peter Culicover
demonstrate how these constructions can be accommodated naturally within
grammatical theory. Indeed, the existence of these constructions in English
follows directly from general assumptions about the nature of English
grammar. Along with explaining the formal properties of these
constructions, the book investigates why it is that they are judged to be
‘stylistic.’ Rochemont and Culicover argue that what is perceived as
stylistic does in fact follow from the special ‘focus’ property itself is
predictable from general grammatical principles. This is an original study
of ‘stylistic constructions’ in any depth, integrating them into syntactic
theory. It will interest linguists and other scholars working within the
area of English grammar and syntactic theory.