"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.
New Approaches to Chinese Word Formation
Morphology, Phonology and the Lexicon in Modern and Ancient Chinese
This volume examines the composition of multisyllabic words in Chinese,
revealing a wealth of word formation complexity in a language too often
characterized as morphologically impoverished. The collection of articles
is broad both in theoretical approach and chronology, ranging in topic from
the origin and development of bisyllabic words in Ancient Chinese to the
argument structure and theta-assignment principles in Modern Mandarin
compounds. The wide range of word formation phenomena in Chinese is
demonstrated with examples from dialects as diverse as Mandarin, Shanghai,
Hakka and Taiwanese, as the reader is offered a panoply of new ideas on
Chinese words and their structure. The book presents novel insights into
the formation of complex words in both the ancient and modern language,
offering contemporary linguistic analyses of word structure unfettered by
the myth that wordhood in Chinese is somehow equated with the written
Chinese character. This work demonstrates the breadth of current
scholarship in the study of Chinese morphology and is certain to pose a
challenge to traditional conceptions of word structure in Chinese linguistics.