"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.
The study of Romance languages can tell us a great deal about sentence
structure and its variation in general. Focusing on the dialects of Italy –
including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily – the authors explore three
thematic areas: the nominal domain, the verbal domain and the left
periphery of the clause. The book gives fresh attention to the dialects,
arguing that they offer an unprecedented degree of variation (not found,
for example, in Germanic languages). Analysing a host of new data, the
authors show how the dialects can be used as a test-bed for investigating
and challenging received ideas about language structure and change.
Coherent and wide-ranging, this is a vital resource for those working in
syntactic theory, historical linguistics, and Romance languages.