"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 book presents a comprehensive portrait of the Kitāb Sībawayhi. It
offers new insights into its historical and linguistic arguments and
underlines their strong correlation. The decisive historical argument
highlights al-Ḥīra's role, not only as the centre of pre-Islamic Arabic
culture, but also as the matrix within which early Arab linguistics grew
and developed. The Kitāb's value as a communicative grammar forms the crux
of the linguistic argument. The complementarity of syntax and pragmatics is
established as a condition sine qua non for Sībawayhi's analysis of
language. The benefits of a complementary approach are reflected in the
analysis of nominal sentences and related notions of ibtidā' and
definiteness. The pragmatic principle of identifiability is uncovered as
the ultimate determiner of word order.