"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.
In Slavic Prosody Professor Bethin gives a coherent account of the Slavic
languages at the time of their differentiation and relates these
developments to issues in phonological theory. First Professor Bethin
argues that the syllable structure of Slavic changed before the fall of the
jers and suggests that intrasyllabic and intersyllabic reorganization in
Late Common Slavic was far more significant for Slavic prosody than the
loss of weak jers. She then makes a case for the existence of a bisyllabic
prosodic domain in Late Common Slavic and trochaic metrical organization.
Finally, she explores the implications of Slavic data for phonological
theory, discussing sonority, skeletal structure, the representation of
length and prominence, and language typology in some detail.
The book is a rich in information, Slavicists will enjoy the thorough
historiography of their field; non-Slavicists will appreciate the detailed
explications of Slavic data; all will welcome the many clear diagrams
spelling out the author's claims....no one can deny that her book is a
major contribution, an accomplishment that neither Slavicists nor
phonlogists can afford to ignore. Slavic Review