"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.
Why are there more English words ending in -ness than ending in -ity? What
is it about some endings that makes them more widely usable than others?
Can we measure the differences in the facility with which the various
affixes are used? Does the difference in facility reflect a difference in
the way we treat words containing these affixes in the brain? These are the
questions examined in this book. Morphological productivity has, over the
centuries, been a major factor in providing the huge vocabulary of English
and remains one of the most contested areas in the study of word-formation
and structure. This book takes an eclectic approach to the topic, applying
the findings for morphology to syntax and phonology. Bringing together the
results of twenty years' work in the field, it provides new insights and
considers a wide range of linguistic and psycholinguistic evidence.