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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.
On multiple source constructions in language change
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2013. vi, 219 pp.
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On multiple source constructions in language change Freek Van de Velde, Hendrik De Smet and Lobke Ghesquière 473 – 489
Multiple inheritance and constructional change Graeme Trousdale 491 – 514
An inquiry into unidirectionality as a foundational element of grammaticalization: On the role played by analogy and the synchronic grammar system in processes of language change Olga Fischer 515 – 533
Serving two masters: Form–function friction in syntactic amalgams Hendrik De Smet and Freek Van de Velde 534 – 565
Multiple sources for the German scandal construction Livio Gaeta 566 – 598
Sources of auxiliation in the perfects of Europe Bridget Drinka 599 – 644
Multiple roots of innovations in language contact: Evidence from morphological intermingling in contact between Ingrian Finnish and Estonian Helka Riionheimo 645 – 674
Multiple sources and multiple causes multiply explored Brian D. Joseph 675 – 691