"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 book analyzes the different patterns found across subsaharan Africa to
express information structure. Based on languages from all four African
language phyla, it documents the great diversity of linguistic means used
to encode information-structural phenomena and is therefore highly relevant
for some of the most pertinent questions in modern linguistic theory. The
special contribution of this volume is the perspective on a variety of
information-structurally related phenomena which go far beyond classical
notions such as focus and topic. Detailed investigations are dedicated to
so far less discussed focal subcategories, like focus on verbal operators
or the thetic-categorical distinction. Finally, the information-structural
configuration of unmarked, canonical sentence structures is recognized. The
papers provide evidence that the formal means to encode
information-structural categories range from means such as morphological
markers or syntactic operations, famous in linguistics, to less well-known
strategies, such as defocalization rather than focalization.