"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.
Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2000
Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 2000, Utrecht, 30 November - 2 December
Arbitrary pronouns are not that indefinite Luis Alonso-Ovalle 1 Wh-questions and Wh-exclamatives - unifying mirror effects Manuela Ambar 15 Impersonal constructions, control and second-order predication Raúl Aranovich 41 Complementizer Deletion in Florentine: the interaction between Merge and Move Gloria Cocchi and Cecilia Poletto 57 Rhematic focus at the left periphery: the case of Romanian Alexandra Cornilescu 77 Multiple focus in European Portuguese: apparent optionality and subject positions João Costa 93 External subjects in two varieties of Portuguese: evidence for a non-unified analysis João Costa and Charlotte Galves 109 Extreme Non-Specificity in Romanian Donka F. Farkas 127 Resultatives: Small Clauses or complex VPs? Raffaella Folli 153 Topic, focus and secondary predication: the French Presentational Relative Construction Knud Lambrecht 171 Intonative structure of focalization in French and Greek David Le Gac and Hi-Yon Yoo 213 Splitting up subject clitic-verb inversion Nicola Munaro 233 Edging uantifiers: on P-Fronting in Western Romance Josep uer 253 Partitive constructions and antisymmetry Petra Sleeman and Ellen-Petra Kester 271 Stress-Focus correspondence in Italian Kriszta Szendroi 287 Definite and Bare Kind-denoting Noun Phrases Roberto Zamparelli 305 Index of languages and dialects 345 Subject Index 347