"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.
Dr Seuren's study deals with the problem of presenting an adequate model of
grammatical description. The model he proposes conforms in its main
outlines to the transformational generative grammar established by Chomsky,
but differs in important respects. These mainly affect that part of
Chomsky's syntactic component known as the 'base', which generates basic or
'deep' structures. In the model of the base proposed here two main
constituents are distinguished for every deep structure representation of a
sentence, vis-a-vis the operators and the nucleus. The deep structure of a
sentence is thus seen to be very similar to the logical structure of a
proposition. The arguments given in support of this analysis are based on
mainly on considerations of simplicity and semantic adequacy.