"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.
Functional categories in Mandarin Chinese examines the internal structure of Chinese functional projections, such as TP, CP, NegP, DisP etc. within the framework of the Minimalist Program. It compares some of these categories, as they occur in Chinese, with their counterparts in other languages. This comparison aims at providing a principled explanation for some of the crosslinguistic differences that one can attest. The main goal of this study is to show that if a certain type of functional category is a theoretical requirement (because there are languages that have been shown to have it), it will be part of Universal Grammar and thus be manifested in each individual language. As will be shown, linguistic variation can best be explained in terms of strong versus weak features, in the sense of Chomsky (1993).