"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.
Dynamic Antisymmetry and the Syntax of Noun Incorporation
This innovative analysis of noun incorporation and related linguistic
phenomena does more than just give readers an insightful exploration of its
subject. The author re-evaluates--and forges links between--two influential
theories of phrase structure: Chomsky’s Bare Phrase Structure and Richard
Kayne’s Antisymmetry. The text details how the two linguistic paradigms
interact to cause differing patterns of noun incorporation across world
languages. With a solid empirical foundation in its close reading of
Northern Iroquoian languages especially, Barrie argues that noun
incorporation needs no special mechanism, but results from a
Drawing additional data from English, German, Persian, Tamil and the
Polynesian language Niuean, this synthesis has major implications for our
understanding of the formation of the verbal complex and the intra-position
(roll-up) movement. It will be priority reading for students of phrase
structure, as well as Iroquoian language scholars.