"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 Structure of Coordination
Conjunction and Agreement Phenomena in Spanish and Other Languages
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 57
This book analyzes the structure of coordination from two perspectives: the symmetrical properties the construction imposes on its conjuncts, and how conjuncts interact with other categories outside coordination with respect to agreement and other grammatical phenomena. It focuses on data from Spanish as this language is characterized by its rich pattern of overt agreement between the subject and the verb, between nouns and adjectives, and also between clitics and lexical DP objects and indirect objects. + It offers a simple, unified theory of coordination within current syntactic frameworks + It provides a succinct summary of the main analysis of coordination, highlighting the most important generalizations they have made + It proposes explicit analyses for long-standing problems in issues of coordination + It provides a detailed description of agreement patterns in different languages (primarily Spanish), and the connection between agreement and word order + It presents a detailed account of the connection between switch-reference and coordination Audience: This volume is of interest to professionals in the field of linguistics and related fields (cognitive science, philosophy of language)