"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.
Proceedings of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS 28 Conference proceedings, mixed)
* Agbayani: Generalized Pied-Piping and Island Effects * Anagnostopoulou, Iatradou, Izvorski: On the Morpho-Syntax of the Perfect and How it Relates to its Meaning * Authier: When Syntax Overrules Semantics * Boskovic: LF Movement and the Minimalist Program * Buckley: Integrity and Correspondence in Manam Double Reduplication * Causley: Variable Markedness and Fixed Hierarchies * Cho: A New Analysis of Korean Inalienable Possession Constructions * Davis & Matthewson: Determiners, Finiteness, and the Entity/Event Distinction * Davis & Toretta: An Optimality-Theoretic Account of Compensatory Lengthening and Geminate Throwback in Trukese * Ernst: The Scopal Basis of Adverb Licensing * Harley & Noyer: Mixed Nominalizations, Short Verb Movement and Object Shift in English * Izvorski: Non-Indicative Wh-complements of Possessive and Existential Predicates * Karimi & Lobeck: Specificty Effects in English and Persian * Karvonen and Sherman: Opacity in Icelandic: A Sympathy Account * Kural: Passives Without Argument Incorporation * Law: A Unified Analysis of P-Stranding in Romance and Germanic * Lechner: Phrasal Comparatives and DP-Structure * Massar & Gerken: Abstract Output: An Optimality Theoretic Analysis of Children's Omissions from Prosodically Complex Structures* McGinnis: Locality and Inert Case * Meinunger: A Monoclausal Structure for (Pseudo-) cleft Sentences * Nakamura: Global Issues * Ota: The Emergence of the Unmarked in Early Prosodic Structure * Reuland: Structureal Conditions on Chains and Binding * Rooryck and Vanden Wyngaerd: The Self as Other: A Minimalist Approach to Zich and Zichzelf in Dutch * Di Sciullo and Tenny: Modification, Event Structure and the Word/Phrase Assymetry* Shaer: Adverbials, Functional Structure and Restrictiveness * Sharvit: Possessive Wh-Expressions and Reconstruction * Silverman: Alveolar Stops in American English, and the nature of allophony * Simpson: VP-final modals and Pied Piping in S.E. Asian * Stepanov: On Wh-Fronting in Russian * Tesar: Using the Mutual Inconsistency of Structural Descriptions to Overcome Ambiguity in Language Learning. * Wu: Topic, Floating uantifiers and Partitivity *