"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 Bloomsbury Companion is the most wide-ranging, state-of-the-art resource
to a key area of contemporary linguistics. It covers fundamental issues,
concepts, movements and approaches within the most relevant theoretical
perspectives on syntax, encompassing the relationship between syntax and other
levels of grammar. This book is a major tool for understanding syntax and its
essential assumptions in the broader framework of current linguistic research.
It is the most complete resource for postgraduate students and researchers
working in syntax and neighboring fields.
In addition, this companion offers a comprehensive reference resource, giving an
overview of key terms and topics in syntax, research areas and new
directions. With its section on methodology, it features a manageable
guide to beginning or developing research in the field. It provides a review of
current research as well as practical guidance for advanced study in the area.