"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.
Case, Word Order and Prominence
Interacting Cues in Language Production and Comprehension
Language users access an array of information during the construction and
interpretation of utterances, including grammatical rules and situational
knowledge. The argument structure of verbs, which establishes the syntactic
and semantic relationships between arguments, plays a key role in this process.
This book reviews recent psycholinguistic and theoretical investigations into the
interplay between structural syntactic relations and role semantics. It focuses
on the interaction of case marking and word order with semantic prominence
features, such as animacy, addressing the interaction of these different sorts of
information from theoretical, time-insensitive and incremental perspectives or a
combination thereof. Taking a broad cross-linguistic perspective, this book
offers an interdisciplinary discussion of the interaction of case, word order and
prominence with argument structure, and their effects on argument realization
and interpretation in language.