"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.
An empirical analysis of adjectives followed by 'that'-clauses
This is the first empirical study to focus on adjectives complemented by
'that'-clauses. The in-depth analysis of more than 50,000 cases
taken from the British National Corpus gives comprehensive insights
into hitherto neglected relations of lexis and grammar. The result of this
corpus-driven study is a novel classification of adjectives based on co-
occurrence patterns and corroborated with the help of statistical means.
The inductive analysis of corpus data offers new perspectives on and
innovative descriptions of well-known phenomena of English grammar,
such as extraposition or the resultative construction 'so…that'. It
is based on a new methodological approach, which looks at mutual
relations of both lexis and grammar in unprecedented ways.