"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 Internally-headed Relative Clause Construction
This book presents a comparative semantic analysis of the internally headed relative clause (IHRC) construction in the framework of Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG) based on a sample of a dozen languages. There are two possible CCG analyses of IHRCs, both of which are attested in the data. One of them accounts for material in the head phrase with scope over the whole IHRC (determiners, anaphoric demonstratives, etc.) and for relative pronouns. The other derivation accounts for restrictions on the grammatical relation of the head within the IHRC, for null-headed IHRCs, for the extraposed IHRC construction, and for IHRCs with incorporated heads. The book gives new explanations for the definiteness restriction and for the quantifier restriction on heads, for the Element Constraint, for the restriction against heads embedded in other IHRCs, and for the restriction against wh-words in or extracted from IHRCs.
John Enrico did lengthy fieldwork on the three dialects of Haida in Canada and Alaska from the 1970s to the 1990s. He is the author of a number of books and articles on the language.