"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.
Their Identification and Description in Linguistic Theories
This book offers a systematic account of syntactic categories - the building
blocks of sentences and the units of grammatical analysis - and explains
their place in different theories of language. It sets out and clarifies the
conflicting definitions of competing frameworks which frequently make it hard
or impossible to compare grammars.
Gisa Rauh describes the history and nature of traditional and contemporary
accounts and definitions of grammatical categories. She explains their
properties and use in generative, cognitive, and functional theories, and
considers their function in language typology. She distinguishes between the
cognitive functions of categories that relate to traditional parts of speech and
serve to structure a language's lexicon; and those which determine the
syntactic behaviour of the linguistic items they specify.
Professor Rauh illustrates her account with a wide range of examples. Her
clear and balanced exposition will be welcomed by students and scholars in
all branches of linguistics as well as by those in related subjects such as
computational science and the philosophy of language.