"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.
Theory and data in cognitive linguistics Nikolas Gisborne and Willem Hollmann 463 – 476
Frequencies, probabilities, and association measures in usage-/exemplar-based linguistics: Some necessary clarifications Stefan Th. Gries 477 – 510
Reconstructing constructional semantics: The dative subject construction in Old Norse-Icelandic, Latin, Ancient Greek, Old Russian and Old Lithuanian Jóhanna Barðdal, Thomas Smitherman, Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, Serena Danesi, Gard B. Jenset and Barbara McGillivray 511 – 547
The historical development of the it-cleft: A comparison of two different approaches Amanda L. Patten 548 – 575
Theory and data in diachronic Construction Grammar: The case of the what with construction Graeme Trousdale 576 – 602
The semantics of definite expressions and the grammaticalization of THE Nikolas Gisborne 603 – 644