"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.
Contents: A. Akkal & A. Gonegai: On the status of AgrS in some Null Subject Languages; Elabbas Benmamoun: Agreement Asymmetries and the PF Interface; Edit Doron: Word Order in Hebrew; Miriam Engelhardt: Bare NPs; Abdelkader Fassi Fehri: Distributing Features and Affixes in Arabic Subject Verb Agreement Paradigms; Ali Idrissi: On Berber Plurals; Morris Halle: Distributed Morphology: Impoverishment and Fission; Alain Kihm: Wolof Genitive Constructions and the Construct State; Jean Lowenstamm: The No straddling Effect and its Interpretation: A Formal Property of Chaha 2nd Feminine Singular Formation; John S. Lumsden: Cause, Manner and Means in Berber Change of State Verbs; Jamal Ouhalla: Possession in Sentences and Noun phrases; Chris Reintges: The Licensing of Gaps and Resumptive Pronouns in Older Egyptian Relatives; Philippe Sigiral: Thiorie de l'apophonie et organisation des schhmes en simitique; Tal Siloni: Nonnominal Constructs; Ur Shlonsky: Remarks on the Complementizer Layer of Standard Arabic; Gabor Takacs: Recent Problems of Egyptian Historical Phonology at the Present Stage of Comparative-Historical Afroasiatic Linguistics.