"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.
Quantification forms a significant aspect of cross-linguistic research into both
sentence structure and meaning. This book surveys research in quantification
starting with the foundational work in the 1970s. It paints a vivid picture of
generalized quantifiers and Boolean semantics. It explains how the discovery
of diverse scope behaviour in the 1990s transformed the view of
quantification, and how the study of the internal composition of quantifiers
has become central in recent years. It presents different approaches to the
same problems, and links modern logic and formal semantics to advances in
generative syntax. A unique feature of the book is that it systematically
brings cross-linguistic data to bear on the theoretical issues, covering French,
German, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese, Telugu (Dravidian), and
Shupamem (Grassfield Bantu) and points to formal semantic literature
involving quantification in around thirty languages.