"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.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the linguistics program at MIT, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics is publishing a collection of the writings of Noam Chomsky entitled Chomsky's Linguistics. The book chronicles some of the most important research in generative linguistics by one of the field's most influential scholars. The eleven papers contained in this volume, which also includes a new foreward by the author and a forward by Howard Lasnik, cover a period of over 35 years of linguistic research. From the seminal investigation of the relationship between syntax and the lexicon in “Remarks on Nominalization” (1970) to the recent theory of syntactic derivation outlined in “On Phases” (2006), the topics covered by these papers provide insight into some of the most longstanding questions in linguistic theory. The works presented in this volume have inspired generations of researchers, and formed the foundation of much work in linguistics today. The book has 720 pages, cloth-bound hardcover, with a glossy jacket.