"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.
Every five years the Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL) organises a world congress for linguists. And every five years the Committee faces the challenge of presenting a programme at the highest possible level. The CIPL Executive Committee decided for the Congress planned for 2003 in Prague to focus on four major topics which play an important role in today’s linguistic debate: 1. Typology, 2. Endangered Languages, 3. Methodology and Linguistics (including fieldwork) and 4. Language and the mind. Leading experts have introduced the four themes in their plenary lectures in the course of the congress, which served as a basis for the articles presented in the current volume. This book should be a welcome tool for all linguists wishing to find their way quickly in current developments.
Table of contents
Evidentiality: Problems and challenges Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald 1
Towards a less 'syntactic' morphology and a more 'morphological' syntax Stephen R. Anderson 31
Linguistic universals and particular Emmon Bach 47
Language planning and language policies: Issues and prospects Ayo Bamgbose 61
Computational lexicons and corpora: Complementary components in human language technology Nicoletta Calzolari 89
Historical linguistics: The state of the art Lyle Campbell 109
Coherent fieldwork Daniel L. Everett 141
State of the art in Computational Linguistics Giacomo Ferrari 163
State-of-the-art paper: Lexicology and lexicography: Milestones in metalexicography Rufus Gouws 187
Pragmatics: State of the art Robert M. Harnish 207
Phonological dialectics: A short history of generative phonology Harry van der Hulst 217
Types of languages and the simple pattern of the core of language Petr Sgall 243
Attempt at the revival of Warrungu (Australia): Its cultural and scientific significance Tasaku Tsunoda 267
The future of creolistics Kees Versteegh 305
How the study of endangered languages will revolutionize linguistics Douglas Whalen 321