"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 considers important aspects of the syntax of sentences and their
relation to the extra-sentential context. The relation between a sentence
and the context is frequently reckoned to be in some sense "syntax-free",
in that it is not syntactically represented but introduced
post-syntactically by semantic rules of interpretation. Alessandra Giorgi
develops a different perspective through an empirically grounded
exploration of temporal indexicality: she argues that the speaker's
temporal location is specified in the syntactic structure. She supports her
analysis with theoretical and empirical arguments based on data mainly from
English and Italian but also considering Chinese and Romanian.
Professor Giorgi addresses some difficult and longstanding issues in the
analysis of temporal phenomena - including the Italian imperfect
indicative, the properties of the so-called future-in-the-past, and the
properties of Free Indirect Discourse. She shows that her framework can
account elegantly for all of them. Carefully argued, succinct, and clearly
written her book will appeal widely to syntacticians and semanticists from
graduate level upwards and to linguists interested in the syntax-semantics