"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.
The topic of this collection is argument structure. The fourteen chapters
in this book are divided into four parts: Semantic and Syntactic Properties
of Event Structure; A Cartographic View on Argument Structure; Syntactic
Heads Involved in Argument Structure; and Argument Structure in Language
Acquisition. Rigorous theoretical analyses are combined with empirical work
on specific aspects of argument structure. The book brings together authors
working in different linguistic fields (semantics, syntax, and language
acquisition), who explore new findings as well as more established data,
but then from new theoretical perspectives. The contributions propose
cartographic views of argument structure, as opposed to minimalistic
proposals of a binary template model for argument structure, in order to
optimally account for various syntactic and semantic facts, as well as data
derived from wider cross-linguistic perspectives.