"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.
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Every linguistic theory has to come to grips with a fundamental property of
human language: the existence of exceptions, i.e. phenomena that do not
follow the standard patterns one observes otherwise. The contributions to
this volume discuss and exemplify a variety of approaches to exceptionality
within different formal and non-formal frameworks.
Topics include criteria for exceptionality, the diachronic rise of
exceptions, the relevance of different grammatical subsystems and their
interaction in the explanation of exceptions, and the crucial
characteristics of grammatical models that can accommodate exceptions. A
special feature of the book is that the articles are accompanied by
peer-commentaries and responses thereupon, thus opening up the papers to