"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 ground breaking study dispels the common belief that Chinese 'doesn't
have words' but instead 'has characters'. Jerome Packard's book provides a
comprehensive discussion of the linguistic and cognitive nature of Chinese
words. It shows that Chinese, far from being 'morphologically
impoverished', has a different morphological system because it selects
different 'settings' on parameters shared by all languages. The analysis of
Chinese word formation therefore enhances our understanding of word
universals. Packard describes the intimate relationship between words and
their components, including how the identities of Chinese morphemes are
word-driven, and offers new insights into the evolution of morphemes based
on Chinese data. Models are offered for how Chinese words are stored in the
mental lexicon and processed in natural speech, showing that much of what
native speakers know about words occurs innately in the form of a
hard-wired, specifically linguistic 'program' in the brain.