"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.
What happens when a canonically transitive form meets a canonically transitive
meaning, and what happens when this doesn’t happen? How do dyadic forms
relate to monadic ones, and what are the entailments of the operations that the
grammar uses to relate one to the other? Collecting original expert work from
acquisition, processing, typological and theoretical syntax-semantics research,
this volume provides a state of the art as well as cutting edge discussion of
central issues in the realm of Transitivity. These include the definition and role
of "Natural Transitivity", the interpretation and repercussions of valency
changing operations and differential case marking, and the interactions between
(in)transitive Gestalts in different categories and at different levels of