"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 monograph addresses divergent views in the linguistic literature on whether
German displays the 'that'-trace effect and other subject/object
asymmetries commonly found for long extractions in English and other
languages. Using newly developed rating methodologies, the author exposes
consistent and robust subject/object asymmetries in German - a surprisingly
unequivocal result given that the existence of these effects is controversial.
This finding raises important questions: how can one account for the
discrepancy between the clear experimental evidence on the one hand, and the
lack of consensus in the linguistic literature on the other? And secondly, it
raises again the old question of why subject extractions are dispreferred. This
work also provides intriguing new insights into the long-standing question on how
to analyse German constructions such as 'Wer glaubst du hat recht'? –
the 'parenthesis versus extraction debate'. In this work decisive evidence points
in favour of the parenthetical analysis.