"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.
Agreement, Pronominal Clitics and Negation in Tamazight Berber
This book presents a study of various important aspects of Tamazight Berber syntax within the generative tradition. Work on Berber linguistics from a generative perspective remains in many ways uncharted territory. There has been hardly any published research on this language and its different dialects, especially in English -- this book fills some of these gaps and lays down the foundations for further research.Ouali looks at three seemingly disparate ranges of syntactic phenomena, namely Subject-verb agreement, Clitic-doubling and Negative Concord. These phenomena have received different analytical treatments, but Ouali proposes that they are all forms of agreement derived under the same Chomskian 'Agree' mechanism. The book addresses a fundamental question in the ongoing debate in recent Minimalism with regard to how subject-verb agreement is obtained and proposes a new analysis of the so-called Anti-Agreement Effect. It will be of interest to all syntacticians and to researchers in Afroasiatic languages.
"This book is an important 'must read' contribution both to contemporary syntactic theory and to the description and analysis of understudied Berber dialects. It illuminates fundamental aspects of syntactic theory and Minimalist method analyzing phenomena of enduring interest, including (Anti-) Agreement, Cliticization and Negative Concord while insightfully revealing their possible unification and deduction as facilitated by adopting and further clarifying certain central formal aspects of current Minimalist analysis." Samuel D. Epstein, Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan, USA
Contents: 1. Introduction \ 2. Background on the Berber language \ 3. Agreement: from GB to Minimalism \ 4. Tamazight verb morphology and clause structure \ 5. Subject verb agreement and agreement suppression effects \ 6. Object pronominal clitics \ 7. Clitic doubling \ 8. Negative concord \ 9. Agreement suppression effects and unification via agree \ Conclusion \ Bibliography \ Index