"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.
Benefactives are constructions used to express that a state of affairs
holds to someone’s advantage. The same construction sometimes also serves
as a malefactive, whose meanings are generally not a simple mirror image of
the benefactive. Benefactive constructions cover a wide range of phenomena:
malefactive passives, general and specialized benefactive cases and
adpositions, serial verb constructions and converbal constructions
(including e.g. verbs of giving and taking), benefactive applicatives, and
other morphosyntactic strategies. The present book is the first collection
of its kind to be published on this topic. It includes both typological
surveys and in-depth descriptive studies, exploring both the
morphosyntactic properties and the semantic nuances of phenomena ranging
from the familiar English double-object construction and the Japanese
adversative passive to comparable phenomena found in lesser-known languages
of Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
The book will appeal to typologists and linguists interested in linguistic
diversity and it will also be a useful reference work for linguists working
on language description.