"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 shows how complex words and word-like phrasal lexical units can
be analysed as constructions, as pairings of forms and meanings. It
contributes to current work on the architecture of the grammar, the
morphology-syntax interface, the shape and characteristics of the lexicon,
and the analysis of grammaticalization phenomena. It is an important work
for morphological theory in particular and for linguistic theory in general.
Geert Booij applies the insights of construction grammar to morphological
theory and the formation of words and lexical phrases. Construction grammar
refers to the class of linguistic theories that focus on the pairing of
form and meaning at different levels of abstraction. Such work (by William
Croft and Adele Goldberg, for example) has tended to focus on syntax or (as
in the case of Ray Jackendoff) on the syntax-semantics interface. Geert
Booij offers a characteristically lucid integration of his own and others'
work and considers what it reveals about the nature of words and idioms.
His book will appeal to professional linguists in all subfields and to
graduate students of syntax and morphology.