"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.
The Acquisition of Scope Interpretation in Dative Constructions
This dissertation investigates children’s acquisition of the restrictions on quantifier scope interaction which apply in double-object constructions. It mainly focuses on a specific non-targetlike performance pattern that children display under experimental conditions, a performance pattern which we name ‘the Reverse-pattern’. This study presents a systematic experimental investigation into a variety of (lexical) factors which are hypothesized to cause the Reverse-pattern. We will show that children’s non-targetlike performance is in fact restricted to sentences containing distributive universal quantifiers and will subsequently present an account which attributes children’s non-targetlike performance to the specific verification strategies that children employ to evaluate sentences containing distributive universal quantifiers. This dissertation should be of interest to anyone working in the field of language acquisition, the semantics and syntax of quantification, language processing and pragmatics.