"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.
Pronouns & Word Order in Old English
With Particular Reference to the Indefinite Pronoun
This book offers a comprehensive study of the behavior of "man" in Old English with an emphasis on word order, especially the aspects in which the behavior of personal pronoun subjects deviates from that of nominal subjects. Linda van Bergen demonstrates that the resemblance to the nominal pattern of behavior is superficial only, and that "man" should not be grouped with nominals in any environment. Arguing that the best way of dealing with the apparent contradiction is found in an analysis of “pronomials” (including "man") as clitics, van Bergen shows that there are indications that the classification of certain other types of pronoun as “nominal” is unsafe. This book provides evidence that some of the constructions found in the course of data collection on "man" lead to further insights into the behavior of pronomial subjects, verb placement, and clause structure.