"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.
The relationship between the meaning of words and the structure of
sentences is an important area of research in linguistics. Studying the
connections between lexical conceptual meaning and event structural
relations, this book arrives at a modular classification of verb types
within English and across languages. Ramchand argues that lexical
encyclopedic content and event structural aspects of meaning need to be
systematically distinguished, and that thematic and aspectual relations
belong to the latter domain of meaning. The book proposes a syntactic
decompositional view of core verbal meaning, and sets out to account for
the variability and systematicity of argument structure realisation across
verb types. It also proposes an interesting view of lexical insertion.