"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.
In the last few years a lively discussion on information packaging has arisen,
where traditional dichotomies Theme/Rheme, Topic/Comment and
Focus/Background have been taken up again and partly reinterpreted. The
discussion is mainly being held in syntax, but also in the fields of semantics
and pragmatics. Some remarkable progress has been made especially in
Even if the role of information conveying and information packaging in the
Indoeuropean languages was hinted at as early as in the classical studies of
the Neogrammarians, this field has remained neglected in today's historical
linguistics. This volume tries to partly cover this lack with a sample of papers
which offer a various range of new empirical data analyzed from the point of
view of information structure. The novelty of the papers consists in the
modern theoretical perspective from which the data are analyzed and in the
various phenomena considered, which range from the rise of clitic elements
to word order change and verb movement.