"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.
Brill's Studies in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas
This book offers a comprehensive view of the morphology, syntax, and
semantics of applicatives in Salish, a language family of northwestern North
America. Applicative constructions, found in many polysynthetic languages,
cast a semantically peripheral noun phrase as direct object. Drawing upon
primary and secondary data from twenty Salish languages, the authors catalog
the relationship between the form and function of seventeen applicative suffixes.
The semantic role of the associated noun phrase and the verb class of the base
are crucial factors in differentiating applicatives. Salish languages have two
types of applicatives: relationals are formed on intransitive bases and
redirectives on transitive ones. The historical development and discourse
function of Salish applicatives are elucidated and placed in typological