"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 Minimalist Program has advanced a research program that builds the
design of human language from conceptual necessity. Seminal proposals by
Frampton & Gutmann (1999, 2000, 2002) introduced the notion that an
ideal syntactic theory should be ‘crash-proof’. Such a version of the
Minimalist Program (or any other linguistic theory) would not permit
syntactic operations to produce structures that ‘crash’. There have,
however, been some recent developments in Minimalism – especially those
that approach linguistic theory from a biolinguistic perspective (cf.
Chomsky 2005 et seq.) – that have called the pursuit of a ‘crash-proof
grammar’ into serious question.
The papers in this volume take on the daunting challenge of defining
exactly what a ‘crash’ is and what a ‘crash-proof grammar’ would look like,
and of investigating whether or not the pursuit of a ‘crash-proof grammar’
is biolinguistically appealing.