"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.
Latin is a language with variable (so-called 'free') word order.
Constituent Order in Classical Latin Prose (Caesar, Cicero, and
Sallust) presents the first systematic description of its constituent order
from a pragmatic point of view. Apart from general characteristics of Latin
constituent order, it discusses the ordering of the verb and its arguments
in declarative, interrogative, and imperative sentences, as well as the
ordering within noun phrases. It shows that the relationship of a
constituent with its surrounding context and the communicative intention of
the writer are the most reliable predictors of the order of constituents in
a sentence or noun phrase. It differs from recent studies of Latin word
order in its scope, its theoretical approach, and its attention to
contextual information. The book is intended both for Latinists and for
linguists working in the fields of the Romance languages and language typology.