"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 monograph presents a theory of ellipsis licensing in terms of Agree
and applies it to several elliptical phenomena in both English and Dutch.
The author makes two main claims: The head selecting the ellipsis site is
checked against the head licensing ellipsis in order for ellipsis to occur,
and ellipsis - i.e., sending part of the structure to PF for
non-pronunciation - occurs as soon as this checking relation is
established. At that point, the ellipsis site becomes inaccessible for
further syntactic operations. Consequently, this theory explains the
limited extraction data displayed by ‘Dutch modals complement ellipsis’ as
well as British English do: These ellipses allow subject extraction
out of the ellipsis site, but not object extraction. The analysis also
extends to phenomena that do not display such a restricted extraction, such
as sluicing, VP ellipsis, and pseudogapping. Hence, this work is a step
towards a unified analysis of ellipsis.