"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.
Guglielmo Cinque is one of the world's leading theoretical syntacticians,
and is particularly known for his application of recent theory to the
analysis of Italian. This volume brings together ten of Professor Cinque's
essays, some of which are published here for the first time, and some of
which have not hitherto been easily available. They explore a wide range of
aspects of Italian syntax, including the grammar of relative and
'pseudo-relative' clauses in the complement of perception verbs, impersonal
si constructions, and the position and argument structure of adjectives in
the noun phrase. The volume considers the implications of Cinque's work on
Italian syntax for generative grammar more broadly, and compares Italian
with the syntax of other Romance and also Germanic languages. It will be
welcomed by all those working on Italian syntax, and on theoretical syntax