"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.
The articles of this collection cover a wide range of formal syntactic and
semantic phenomena. The focus is on a broad array of developmental
syntactic phenomena, including topics in Argument Structure and
Clause-Internal Syntax, the DP Domain and Learning Theory. In total,
the contents of the volume illustrate ways in which theoretically
informed linguistic research can explain language behavior in terms
that are motivated on independent grounds and point towards new
research opportunities to test theoretical claims about the adult model of
grammar. The contributions of this volume are inspired by or related to
the scholarship of Nina Hyams, whose dedication to rigorous,
theoretically-informed research on language is well represented here.