"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.
With this book, the author explores the syntax of negative sentences,
tracing fine-grained contours of the linguistic variation and offering a
detailed cartographic representation of the distribution of negative markers.
The goal is to show the existing tension in Language between the variable
surface realization of negation and its stable logical representation. In
order to solve this tension and to unify the interpretation of negative
sentences, a mapping operation, LF-Negation Raising, is proposed.
Verbal arguments related to negation such as n-words, negative quantifiers
and negative polarity items will be also considered, in order to derive
negative concord phenomena from the inner semantics of nominal constituents.