"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 volume (the first of a two-volume set) contains articles originally published between 1973 and 1987 around a unified theme. Each article has an empirical focus on one or more local syntactic processes. While most of the articles were written to support theoretical positions in terms of debates that have since been settled or eclipsed, these studies linguistically situate many paradigms of interest and support still defensible analyses for a variety of constructions often treated only schematically in current literature. Several contain some first formulations of arguments and claims still widely in use. Though formulated in terms of local transformations, the properties and paradigms discussed thus remain relevant for determining optimal grammatical and lexical characterizations of individual members of functional categories.