"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 examines argumental un-NPs and du/des-NPs in
French: nominals with the indefinite article and with the so-called
'partitive article' respectively. The main aim is to account for the
different interpretations of these indefinites and to determine how
interpretation and structure are related. This study thus concerns the
syntax-semantics interface, with an emphasis on the composition of the left
periphery and the inflectional domain of the indefinites mentioned. It is
realized in the framework of generative grammar and in a cartographic
approach. A crucial proposal put forward in this book is that indefinites
of different semantic types are associated with different left peripheries.
The analysis further suggests that the inflectional domain of these
indefinites may comprise three discrete functional projections encoding the
features [count], [quantity] and [number]. Interestingly, these results
seem to extend to a selection of bare nouns in Romance and Germanic languages.