"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 investigates different types of verb-PP combinations and examines
the types of meanings which arise when the argument structure of the PP
fuses with the verbal argument structure. Focussing mainly on data from
Norwegian, the book investigates three different empirical domains of PP-VP
combinations and concludes that the arising interpretations result from a
combination of the fine-grained structure of the PP, the structure of the
verb phrase, and the different modes of combination. The book sheds new
light on the syntax-semantics interplay while adding new insight about the
properties of the category P in Norwegian. The book also contributes to the
debate between Lexicalism and Constructionism, and it concludes that a
moderate Constructionist model with a fine-grained syntactic structure
determining interpretation is best equipped to handle the enormous
flexibility of verb-prepositional phrase combinations of the types explored.