"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.
The left periphery of clausal structures has been a pro-minent topic of research in generative linguistics during the last decades. Closer examination of its properties unfolds a rich array of perspectives like the status of barriers for extraction and government, the articulation of the topic focus structure, the fixation of wh-scope, the marking of clausal types, the interaction of syntactic structure with inflectional morphology as well as the determination of sentence mood and illocutionary force to mention just a few. The purpose of this book is to collect different and relevant studies in this field and to give a general overview of the various theoretical approaches concerned with morphological, syntactic and semantic properties together with the diachronic development of the left periphery.
From the Contents:
Introduction Horst Lohnstein & Susanne Trissler - In Front of the Prefield - Inside or Outside the Clause - Franz Josef Avis - The Syntactic Integration of Preposed Adverbial Clauses on the German Left Periphery: a Diachronic Perspective Katrin Axel - Decomposing the Left Periphery - Dialectal and Cross-linguistic Evidence Josef Bayer - Head-Movement in Minimalism and V/2 as FORCE-marking Ellen Brandner - Uniformity and variation: On the relation of wh-phrases and sentence moods in German Jan Eden - Notes on the syntax and the pragmatics of German Left Dislocation Werner Frey - Inflectional Morphology and Sentence Mood Constitution in German Horst Lohnstein & Ursula Bredel - ET, Parasitic Gaps & German Clause Structure Uli Lutz - Verb Position, Verbal Mood and the Anchoring (Potential) of Sentences Andre Meinunger - Nonstan-dard wh-uestions and Alternative Checkers in Pagotto Hans-Georg Obenauer - The Particle li and the Left Periphery of SlavicYes/No Interrogatives Kerstin Schwa-be - Binding by Verbs: Tense, Person and Mood under Attitudes Arnim von Stechow Ā Complementizer Selection and the Properties of Complement Clauses in German Angelika Wollstein