"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.
In this original study, Hilde Hasselgård discusses the use of adverbials in
English, through examining examples found in everyday texts. Adverbials -
clause elements that typically refer to circumstances of time, space,
reason and manner - cover a range of meanings and can be placed at the
beginning, in the middle or at the end of a sentence. The description of
the frequency of meaning types and discussion of the reasons for selecting
positions show that the use of adverbials differs across text types.
Adverbial usage is often linked to the general build-up of a text and part
of its content and purpose. In using real texts, Hasselgård identifies a
challenge for the classification of adjuncts, and also highlights that some
adjuncts have uses that extend into the textual and interpersonal domains,
obscuring the traditional divisions between adjuncts, disjuncts and conjuncts.