"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.
Trubetzkoy's Orphan: Proceedings of the Montreal Round Table on Morphophonology
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 144
In putting 'morphonology' up for adoption as a chapitre particulier in 1929, Trubetzkoy started a debate regarding the boundary between phonology and morphology that has not ended yet. Essentially a record of a roundtable devoted to that boundary (Montr=E9al, October 1994), Trubetzkoy's Orphan is a full and fascinating picture of some very important contemporary attempts to define it. In addition to papers that focus on it, the volume also contains important papers on the closely related topics of 'morphoprosody' and the 'lexicon', views from 'the floor' and 'the outside', and edited transcripts of the discussions that took place at the Montreal Roundtable. Intended both for practicising and future phonologists and morphologists, Trubetzkoy's Orphan is a valuable record of a very important debate regarding one of the most central questions in phonology and morphology. Contents: De l'autonomie de la morphophonologie: C. Tiffou; (I) Allomorphy or Morphophonology?: P. Kiparsky; Comments on Kiparsky: K.P. Mohanan; Comments on Kiparksy: D.C. Walker; Reply to Mohanan and Walker: P. Kiparsky; Discussion; (II) A Functionalist Semiotic Model of Morphonology: W.U. Dressler; Comments on Dressler: R. Janda; Comments on Dressler: D.C. Walker; Reply to Janda and Walker: W.U. Dressler; Discussion; (III) uelques avantages d'une linguistique debarrassee de la morpho(pho)nologie: A. Ford & R. Singh; Comments on Ford & Singh: K.P. Mohanan; Comments on Ford & Singh: R. Janda; Reply to Mohanan and Janda: A. Ford & R. Singh; (IV) Morphoprosody: Some reflections on accent and morphology: B. Hurch; Comments on Hurch: G. Piggott; Reply to Piggott: B. Hurch; Discussion; (V) Productivity, Regularity and Fusion: How language use affects the lexicon: J. Bybee; Comments on Bybee: H. Goad; Reply to Goad: J. Bybee; Discussion; (VI) Issues in Morphophonology: A view from the floor: R. Desrochers; On Morphophonology: A view from the outside: P. Dasgupta.