"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 monograph studies issues of current minimalist concern, such as
whether differences in the expression of argument and syntactic structure
can all be attributed to the parameterization of specific functional heads.
In particular, this book studies in-depth the extent to which variation in
the expression of causation, available both intra- and crosslinguistically,
can be accounted for by appealing only to the microparameterization of the
causative head, Cause, as previously argued for by linguists such as
Pylkkänen. It concludes that the microparameterization of Cause may explain
some major characteristics associated with causatives, but it cannot be
regarded as the only explanation behind variation in these structures. The
book includes relevant discussion on argument structure and looks in detail
at languages, such as the Uto-Aztecan Hiaki, that have not received much
attention before. It is mostly intended for an audience interested in
theoretical approaches to argument structure and variation.