"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 study presents a detailed analysis of the tone system of Jita, an
Lacustrine Bantu language spoken in Tanzania, and also motivates a theory
of the interaction of tone and accent in Bantu. The tone patterns of verbs,
nouns and noun-modifier phrases are analyzed, and it is shown that much of
the Jita tone system may be accounted for by non-metrical rules, i.e.,
rules which refer to the tonal properties only of immediately adjacent
syllables. However, some tone patterns in Jita are derived from
long-distance tone spread and (re)association rules. It is argued that
these long-distance tone processes provide evidence for the interaction of
tone and metrical prominence in Jita, since metrical structure is the only
phonological device which allows long distance operations to be formulated
so as to respect Locality.