"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 book presents an innovative analysis that relates informational
structure, syntax and morphology in Quechua. It provides a minimalist
account of the relationship between focus, topic, evidentiality and other
left-peripheral features and sentence-internal constituents marked with
suffixes that have been previously considered of a pragmatic nature.
Intervention effects show that these relationships are also of a syntactic
nature. The analysis is extended to morphological markers that appear on
polarity sensitive items and wh-words. The book also provides a brief
overview of the main characteristics of Quechua syntax as well as
additional bibliographical information.