"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.
Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections
In this volume Silvio Cruschina uses a comparative analysis to determine the
syntax of the functional projections associated with discourse-related features,
and to account for the marked word orders found in Romance-particularly in the
fronting phenomena. Several language-specific analyses of discourse-related
phenomena have been proposed in the literature, including studies on the
notions of topic and focus in Romance, but the lack of a uniform definition of
these notions, together with different assumptions in relation to the triggering
features, has led to the perception that the Romance languages show many
distinct and heterogeneous properties with respect to dislocation and fronting
constructions. This volume is intended to complement the existing literature by
integrating recent work on the topic and by emphasizing original and unifying
reflections that combine and coordinate diverse elements. Cruschina's
investigations clarify fundamental notions such as topic, focus, and contrast,
drawing on new data from Sicilian, Sardinian, and other Romance varieties.