"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 research monograph is an investigation of wh-movement and wh-
expletive constructions in the Indic languages Kashmiri and Hindi-Urdu. It
advances a novel theory of the periphery, or the clausal positions that
mediate A-bar movement. In particular, a detailed study of wh-expletives and
wh-expletive constructions reveals an underlying similarity of design between
the A and A-bar systems, and indicates that the two can be understood as
driven by the same basic set of mechanisms. The monograph offers an
account of wh-movement and the clausal periphery in the two languages,
informed by the latest strands of research on the syntax and semantics of A-
bar movement. This micro-comparative analytical method yields an important
result: we can understand a set of systematic contrasts between the two
languages in terms of the properties of specifically the phase-defining heads
C and v. Empirically, this work explores the lesser-studied language
Kashmiri, bringing to the fore linguistic data not yet discussed in formal
syntactic literature. The significance of these data for the development of the
wider theoretical framework is stressed throughout, making the book of
substantial interest for general linguistic research.