"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 book represents the first comprehensive overview over the history of
negation in German. It addresses both the development of the negation
particles as well as the diachrony of indefinites in the scope of negation
and the phenomenon of Negative Concord. Being based on a corpus study of
several Old and Middle High German texts, it comprises a wealth of
historical examples with additional comparison to Modern Standard German
and dialects, as well as crosslinguistic data from a variety of languages.
The findings are placed in the context of typological research and are
analysed in terms of current syntactic and semantic theory of negation
arguing for an unchanged underlying syntactic structure, with changes in
the lexical filling of NegP and in the lexical features of indefinites
resulting in crucial changes in the syntactic patterns of negation. This
book is of interest to scholars of German linguistics, historical
linguists, as well as anyone working in the field of negation.