"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.
This book is designed as a textbook and is intended to present a sample of the more popular approaches to linguistic theorizing.
It covers different aspects of each theory including general ontology, methodology, world view, and certain specifics including its problem-solving capacity regarding the English auxiliary complex. It gives a brief summary of the salient points of each theory and concludes with a brief treatment of concurrent developments in phonology. Included are discussions on: tagmemics generative transformational grammar stratificational linguistics
Montague grammar generalized phrase structure grammar lexical-functional grammar relational grammar, and functional approaches to grammar.
Jerold Edmondson is a leading figure in the studies of Kadai languages of southeast Asia, and is professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington. Donald A. Burquest has done linguistic research in Nigeria and is currently associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington.