"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.
Constraints and Resources in Natural Language Syntax and Semantics
This collection draws together recent work on constraint-based and
resource-sensitive approaches to the grammar of natural languages. Some of
the issues addressed are: extraction phenomena in a range of languages, the
syntax of nominal phrases, the role of argument structure, defining the
interface between syntax and morphology and between semantics and prosody,
quantifier scope, remnant movement, construction grammar, and formal and
computational aspects of grammar formalisms. This volume brings together
the leading linguists, logicians, and computer scientists working on
Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Categorial Grammar. Derived from
two recent conferences on Formal Grammar and Head-driven Phrase Structure
Grammar in Aix (1997) and Saarbrücken (1998), this volume represents the
most current work in these frameworks.