"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 volume presents a typological/theoretical introduction plus eight
papers about ergative alignment in 16 Amazonian languages. All are written
by linguists with years of fieldwork and comparative experience in the
region, all describe details of the synchronic systems, and several also
provide diachronic insight into the evolution of these systems. The five
papers in Part I focus on languages from four larger families with ergative
patterns primarily in morphology. The typological contribution is in
detailed consideration of unusual splits, changes in ergative patterns, and
parallels between ergative main clauses and nominalizations. The three
papers in Part II discuss genetically isolated languages. Two present
dominant ergative patterns in both morphology and syntax, the other a
syntactic inverse system that is predominantly ergative in discourse. In
each, the authors demonstrate that identification of traditional
grammatical relations is problematic. These data will figure in all future
typological and theoretical debates about grammatical relations.