"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 study explores the grammar of focus particles in German. It gives a
thorough description and analysis of focus particle constructions and links
their syntactic, semantic, and information structural properties to their
prosodic characteristics. The study also shows that focus particles present
a particularly well-suited subject for the investigation of the modularity
of grammar in general. The first part of the book deals with the syntax,
semantics, and pragmatics of focus particle constructions and results in a
modular account of the relation between their word order, information
structure, and meaning. The second part presents a corpus study and several
speech production and perception experiments investigating the prosodic
realization of the constructions. The integration of these two lines of
research results in a comprehensive theory of focus particles and of the
interaction of grammar and information structure in German.