"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 attempt to provide a unified account of the
be-possessive syntax and its extension to the modal and the
perfect constructions in Russian/North Russian within a generative
framework. Apparently diverse constructions are construed as
deriving from the have/be parameter, which depends on the
utilization of the prepositional complementizer with a Case feature.
The be-perfect structure provides an adequate environment
where ergativity is encoded via verbal nominalization. The relevance
of the be-perfect structure for a split ergative pattern shows
that the ergative system is a syntactically conditioned phenomenon
rather than a purely morphological diversity. This volume also offers
the diachronic study of the be-syntax, investigating the
evolution of the be-perfect and be-modal
constructions, which has rarely been explored within a formal
framework. Concrete scenarios are proposed for the developmental
paths of the be-perfect and the be-modal
constructions, based on textual evidence in old North Russian.