"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 of a previously published book.
Laurel Brinton's important study of the development of English aspectual
systems provides an exceptionally clear and systematic account of an area
of syntax and semantics that continues to be the subject of both
terminological and notional confusion. Not only has the study of aspect
been confused, but the variety of aspectual markers in English has also
been unduly neglected. In this book Dr Brinton convincingly demonstrates
the need to make clear distinction between 'aspect' and 'aktionsart' and
betwen the aspectual meaning of individual forms and the meanings that
result from the combination of verbs, auxiliaries, particles, and adverbs,
as well as nominal arguments within a sentence. This exceptionally clear
account of two sets of aspectual forms points to the coherence and
systematicity of aspectual marking in Modern English. The wide range of
theoretical issues explored makes this a significant contribution to the
synchronic study of aspect and to the diachronic study of language change.
The book will undoubtedly have applications cross-linguistically.