"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.
This book is the final version of the widely-circulated 1993 Technical
Report that introduces a conception of grammar in which well-formedness is
defined as optimality with respect to a ranked set of universal constraints.
- Final version of the widely circulated 1993 Technical Report that was the
seminal work in Optimality Theory, never before available in book format.
- Serves as an excellent introduction to the principles and practice of
- Offers proposals and analytic commentary that suggest many directions for
further development for the professional.