"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.
Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published title.
Phonological Structure and Phonetic Form brings together work from
phonology, phonetics, speech science, electrical engineering,
psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. The chapters in this book are
organized in four topical sections. The first is concerned with stress and
intonation; the second with syllable structure and phonological theory;
the third with phonological features; and the fourth with 'phonetic
output'. This is the third in the series Papers in Laboratory Phonology.
The two previous volumes, like the conferences from which they were
derived, have been influential in establishing Laboratory Phonology as a
discipline in its own right. Phonological Structure and Phonetic Form will
be equally important in making readers aware of the range of research
relevant to questions of linguistic sound structure.