"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.
What is the nature of syntactic structure? Why do some languages have
radically free word order ('nonconfigurationality')? Do parameters vary
independently (the micro-view) or can they co-vary en masse (the macro-view)?
Mirrors and Microparameters, first published in 2009, examines these questions
by looking beyond the definitional criterion of nonconfigurationality - that
arguments may be freely ordered, omitted, and split. Drawing on data from
Kiowa, a member of the largely undescribed Kiowa-Tanoan language family, the
book reveals that classically nonconfigurational languages can nonetheless
exhibit robustly configurational effects. Reconciling the cooccurrence of such
freedom with such rigidity has major implications for the Principles and
Parameters program. This approach to nonconfigurational languages challenges
widespread assumptions of linguistic theory and throws light on the syntactic
structures, ordering principles, and nature of parametrization that comprise