"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.
Parts of Speech are a central aspect of linguistic theory and analysis.
Though a long-established tradition in Western linguistics and philosophy
has assumed the validity of Parts of Speech in the study of language, there
are still many questions left unanswered. For example, should Parts of
Speech be treated as descriptive tools or are they to be considered
universal constructs? Is it possible to come up with cross-linguistically
valid formal categories, or are categories of language structure ultimately
language-specific? Should they be defined semantically, syntactically, or
otherwise? Do non-Indo-European languages reveal novel aspects of
categorical assignment? This volume attempts to answer these and other
fundamental questions for linguistic theory and its methodology by offering
a range of contributions that spans diverse theoretical persuasions and
contributes to our understanding of Parts of Speech with analyses of new
These articles were originally published in Studies in Language 32:3 (2008).