"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 of reduplication in Afrikaans provides a unified and principled
analysis of an unusual and highly complex word formation process, shedding
new light on the scope and content of various fundamental lexicalist
principles of word formation. Surprisingly, Rudolf Botha concludes that the
principles involved in Afrikaans reduplication are not unique to Afrikaans,
as has often been thought, and are used by many other languages. Moreover,
the interpretation of Afrikaans reduplications depends on principles of
conceptual structure that are restricted neither to Afrikaans nor to the
interpretation of reduplications, thus supporting recent work on cognition
and meaning undertaken by Ray Jackendoff and other scholars.
In analysing the data, Professor Botha has also provided a concrete
illustration of how the Galilean style of linguistic inquiry can fruitfully
be applied in the study of word formation and meaning. The study thus
represents an important theoretical and methodological advance which will
be of as much interest for its method of inquiry and argumentation as for
the fresh insights it provides for scholars and researchers in the fields
of morphology, word formation and semantics.