"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.
Features and Interfaces in Romance. Essays in honor of Heles Contreras
This volume brings together new research on theoretical Romance Linguistics; its intended audience is scholars in the field of formal grammar, especially those specializing in Romance languages. It represents the latest work on the structure of Romance languages, with relevant comparisons to other languages such as English and Basque. As the volume's title indicates, two related themes recur in these studies: the role of grammatical features in sub-modules of the grammar, and the interaction of sub-modules with each other and with external systems at the "interfaces ".The contributions to this volume, all framed within current theoretical models, explore these and related problems in the analysis of Romance. The volume contains studies on morphology, phonology, syntax and semantics, and includes language and subject indices.
Contributions by: Xabier Artiagoitia; Ignacio Bosque; José Camacho; Violeta Demonte & Olga Fernández Soriano; Luis Eguren; Joseph Edmonds; Javier Guttierez-Rexach &Enrique Mallén; James Harris; Ellen M. Kaisse; Paula Kempchinsky; Jurgen Klausenburger; Conxita Lléo; Fernando Martínez-Gil; Francisco Ordoñez & Antxon Olarrea; Mario Saltarelli; Liliana Sánchez; Margarita Suñer; Christine Tellier.