"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.
'Butler and Mathieu argue persuasively that many apparently far-flung constructions belong together under the rubric of 'split construction'. Their generalizations are provocative and well-supported, and the theory is firmly grounded in Predicate Logic with Barriers, a dynamic logic that provides a fresh perspective on ideas and generalizations that have been, and continue to be, central to syntactic and semantic theory.' Christopher Potts, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts
Description Split constructions are very widespread in natural languages. The separation of the semantic restriction of a quantifier from that quantifier is a typical example of such a construction. This study addresses the problem that such discontinuous strings exhibit a number of locality constraints, including intervention effects. These are shown to follow from the interaction of a minimalist syntax with a semantics that directly assigns a model-theoretic interpretation to syntactic logical forms. The approach is shown to have wide empirical coverage and a conceptual simplicity. The book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of syntax and semantics.
Contents Introduction WH Constructions Negative Constructions Interfacing Syntax and Semantics The Account Appendix Notes Bibliography Language Index Name Index Subject Index