"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 volume presents in-depth and up-to-date introductions to all major
aspects of language documentation. This includes a definition of what it
means to 'document a language', overviews on fieldwork ethics and
practicalities and data processing, discussions of how to compile a
language documentation from anthropological and linguistic points of view
as well as long-term perspectives of and for language documentations. The
volume combines theoretical and practical considerations and makes specific
suggestions for the most common problems encountered in language
Language documentation: What is it and what is it good for? (Nikolaus P.
Ethics and practicalities of cooperative fieldwork and analysis (Arienne M.
Fieldwork and community language work (Ulrike Mosel)
Data and language documentation (Peter K. Austin)
The ethnography of language and language documentation (Jane H. Hill)
Documenting lexical knowledge (John B. Haviland)
Prosody in language documentation (Nikolaus P. Himmelmann)
Ethnography in language documentation (Bruna Franchetto)
Linguistic annotation (Eva Schultze-Berndt)
The challenges of segmenting spoken language (Nikolaus P. Himmelmann)
Orthography development (Frank Seifart)
Sketch grammar (Ulrike Mosel)
Archiving challenges (Paul Trilsbeek, Peter Wittenburg)
Linguistic documentation and the encoding of textual materials (Jost Gippert)
Thick interfaces: mobilizing language documentation with multimedia (David
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