"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.
This book focuses on the linguistic representation of temporality in the
verbal domain and its interaction with the syntax and semantics of verbs,
arguments, and modifiers. Leading scholars explore the division of labor
between syntax and semantics, and lexical semantics in the encoding of
event structure, encompassing event participants and the temporal
properties associated with events. They examine the interface between event
structure and the systems with which it interacts, including the interface
between event structure and the syntactic realization of arguments and
modifiers. Deploying a variety of frameworks and theoretical perspectives
they consider central issues and questions in the field, among them whether
argument-structure is specified in the lexical entries of verbs or
syntactically constructed so that syntactic position determines thematic
status; whether the hierarchical structure evidenced in argument structure
finds parallels in sign language; should the relation between members of an
alternation pair, such as the causative-inchoative alternation, be
understood lexically or derivationally; and the role of syntactic category
in determining the configuration of argument structure.