"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.
This book is the first extensive study on French Quantification in the
field of Syntax. It provides a typology of four main quantified noun
phrases in French (existential, universal, negative and wh-), detailing
their syntactic, semantic and prosodic behaviors and showing that they can
be reduced to two classes--Split-DP structures or Floating quantification.
Relying on syntax and semantics, the book establishes a three-way
structural typology of wh in-situ phrases and extends it to existentials.
It pays special attention to the prosodic properties associated with their
different readings and proposes an analysis of the distribution of
subextraction and pied-piping. Similarly based on semantic and syntactic
tests, the book reveals N(egative) words to be universal Quantifiers. It
proposes a new structure of N-words in terms of constituent negation and
includes a detailed analysis of the difference between not an N and not all
the N in French.