"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.
Note: This is the re-issue is a previously a published book.
This study, the first in the series Studies in English Language, is
concerned with the functional and communicative foundations of English
grammar, and takes as its specific focus the study of infinitival
complement clauses. Much of the illustrative material is taken from the
Survey of English Usage at University College London. The work draws on a
large amount of data from spontaneous speech, and provides a close analysis
of numerous examples in their authentic discourse context. It is based on
the assumption that syntactic structures are closely connected with, and
partly determined by, conventions of human discourse and the speaker's or
writer's desire to express meaning efficiently. The ample documentation
will appeal to those interested in the structure of modern British English.
For those interested in syntactic theory and discourse, this is an
empirical contribution to the debate on discourse-based approaches to