"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.
A Scopal Treatment of Exceptional Wide Scope Phenomena
Addressing an issue that has puzzled the linguistics community for many
years, this book offers a novel approach to the exceptional wide scope
behaviour of indefinites. It is the first book explicitly dedicated to
exceptional wide scope phenomena. Its unique approach offers an explanation
for the fact that it is only a proper subset of the indefinites that shows
this exceptional wide scope behaviour.
The author draws a careful distinction between genuine and apparent scope
readings, a distinction that is usually not taken care of and has thus led
to certain confusions. In particular, it is argued that functional readings
have to be kept strictly apart from non-functional ones and that all
proposals that use functional mechanisms to explain the phenomena at hand
face severe problems.
The existing body of literature on the main issues of the book is
thoroughly reviewed. This makes the book well suited as background
literature for graduate seminars on those topics.