"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.
Cambridge Studies in Speech Science and Communication
The variation that a speech sound undergoes under the influence of
neighbouring sounds has acquired the well-established label coarticulation.
The phenomenon of coarticulation has become a central problem in the theory
of speech production. Much experimental work has been directed towards
discovering its characteristics, its extent and its occurrence across
different languages. This book is a major study of coarticulation by a team
of international researchers. It provides a definitive account of the
experimental findings to date, together with discussions of their
implications for modelling the process of speech production. Different
components of the speech production system (larynx, tongue, jaw, etc.)
require different techniques for investigation and a whole section of this
book is devoted to a description of the experimental techniques currently
used. Other chapters offer a theoretically sophisticated discussion of the
implications of coarticulation for the phonology-phonetics interface.