"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 collection deals with central issues in the syntax of clauses and
their interfaces with the conceptual-intentional system. The book targets
the syntactic properties that have an impact on the interpretation of
discourse and temporal dependencies, functional fields including CP,
pragmatic markers at the syntax-pragmatic interface, and on the possible
parameterization of these properties. The papers in this volume bring to
the fore the role of the edges (specifier and adjuncts), heads and
projections in the grammar and at the interfaces. They address the question
to what extent the relevant configurations at the level of edges, head, and
projections determine the syntax/semantic, semantic/pragmatic connections.
The contributions clarify the notion of edge and bring evidence that this
notion is core to the analysis of various phenomena at the left periphery
of clauses and phrases. This volume also discusses functional heads and
their projections, particularly insofar as the properties of these heads
determine the composition of the CP field, and cases where a CP may or
may not be projected.