"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.
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This book offers a new account of the transitive particle verb construction
in English. The main emphasis is on the alternation between the two word
orders possible in English (continuous: hand in the manuscript vs.
discontinuous: hand the manuscript in). The central aim is to show that the
choice of the word order is not optional as has often been claimed in
related literature on the topic and that a syntactic analysis should thus
not be based on optional movement operations or optional feature selection.
The author argues in some detail that the choice of the word order is
determined to a great extent by the information structuring of the context
in which the relevant construction is embedded. The syntactic structure she
develops is based on a substantial combination of empirical facts, evidence
from theoretical research and the results of two experimental studies on
the intonation patterns of the construction.
Table of Contents
1: Introduction 1
2: Overview of the syntactic analyses for particle verbs in English 15
3: The neutral order of transitive PV constructions in English 75
4: The choice of the word order: The role of information structure and
5: A syntactic analysis for PV constructions in English 209
6: Conclusion and outlook 281