"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.
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This book is a detailed study of the possessive semantic space within the
framework of construction grammar. Using corpus data from Old Church
Slavonic and Old Russian, the book uses semantic maps to document the
relationship between form and meaning in a set of semantically closely
related syntactic constructions that can all express adnominal possession
and all partially overlap. The book also traces the development of these
constructions from the earliest Slavic attestations towards Modern Russian,
thus also using the semantic maps as a diachronic tool.
This approach results in a much improved analysis of the data at hand: The
competing possessive constructions are treated as partly synonymous
constructions in the same semantic space. Changes are then seen to follow
paths in this space. The constructionist perspective also allows discerning
the relative contributions of the possessor nominal, the possessee nominal
and properties of the constructions themselves.
The book is a contribution to Slavic historical linguistics, to the general
understanding of adnominal possession and to forwarding functionalist
approaches to syntactic change.