"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.
Possessors, Predicates and Movement in the Determiner Phrase
This volume presents a cross-section of current research on the internal
syntax of 'Determiner Phrases` (DPs), with special emphasis on the analysis
of DPs modified by genitival, adjectival and other non-finite attributes.
Possessors, Predicates and Movement in the DP illustrates clearly the
ongoing debate over older and more recent approaches to the syntax of DPs
in particular in the wake of the minimalist program (Chomsky 1995) and
Kayne's antisymmetry hypothesis (Kayne 1994). The relative theoretical
coherence among the contributions permits detailed comparison of specific
syntactic proposals, providing a solid basis for further debate. Several of
the papers address the syntactic questions in parallel with related
semantic or morphological issues. The value of this collection to the study
of Universal Grammar is also underlined by its comparative bias. Analyses
of Germanic, Romance and Balkan languages figure prominently, and a number
of new empirical generalizations within and between languages are discussed.