"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 volume brings together recent work on the formal and interpretational
properties of determiners across a variety of typologically and
geographically unrelated languages. It seeks to answer the core question of
modern linguistic theory: Which properties of languages are universal and
which are variable? In recent theorizing, much of language variation is
argued to stem from differences in the properties of features associated
with functional heads. As such, this volume can be viewed as a case study
of one such category: the determiner (D). The contributions all investigate
the status of D as a language universal by examining the language-specific
syntactic and semantic properties associated with this category. This
volume will appeal to researchers and students in syntax and semantics, as
well as to those who have more a specific interest in determiners and noun