"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 investigates the morpho-syntactic and other properties of
clitic pronouns in Greek and offers a grammar of proclisis and enclisis in
light of Chomsky’s (1995, 2001a, 2005) Minimalist Program. It explores the
nature of clitics as syntactic topicalizers which are probed by
structurally higher verbal heads to which they move and into which they
incorporate morpho-syntactically. A theory is advanced according to which
cliticization derives from syntactic agreement between (the phi-features
of) a clitic pronoun and a phase head, v* in the case of proclisis and CM
in the case of enclisis. Incorporation of the clitic into its host is
argued to depend on two factors, i.e. the fact that the clitic only
contains a subset of the features of its host, and the fact that the edge
of the host is accessible. Also, the syntax of strong pronouns and their
relation to clitics, of negated imperatives, of surrogate imperatives and
of free clitic ordering in Greek enclisis are also discussed. This
monograph would appeal to syntacticians and morphologists as well as to
those interested in Greek and more generally in clitic syntax.