"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.
The contributions brought together in this volume represent the state-of-the-art in the study of determiners, which finds itself in the intersection of such fields as theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, and logic. The articles provide original viewpoints on determination, and bring new perspectives to classic problems. They concern mainly French, but also a large set of other European languages. They center on the lexical properties of determiners in combinations. The reported research is essentially contrastive and oriented to translation and applied technological issues.
Contributions by: Clara Abrudeanu; Razeq Afzali, Jean-Pierre Desclés et Anca Pascu; Jean-Claude Anscombre; Margarita Alonso; Xavier Blanco; Andrée Borillo; Pierre-André Buvet; Sylviane Cardey et Peter Greenfield; Dolors Catalú et Matías Mellado; Nelly Flaux; Zoé Gavriilidou; Maurice Gross; Georges Kleiber; Lucien Kupferman; Denis Le Pesant; Claude Muller; Denis Paillard; Dieter Seelbach; Francis Tollis; Harald Ulland.