"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.
English has an interesting variety of noun phrases, which differ greatly in
structure. Examples are 'binominal' (two-noun) phrases ('a beast of a
party'); possessive constructions ('the author's opinion'); and
discontinuous noun phrases ('the review [came out yesterday] of his
book'). How are these different noun phrases structured? How do we produce
and understand them? These questions are central to this 2007 study, which
explores the interaction between the form of noun phrases, their meaning,
and their use. It shows how, despite the need in linguistic analysis for
strict categories, many linguistic constructions in fact defy
straightforward classification - and concludes that in order to fully
explain the internal structure of utterances, we must first consider the
communicative, pragmatic and cognitive factors that come into play. Drawing
on a range of authentic examples, this book sheds light not only on the
noun phrase itself but also the nature of linguistic classification.