"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.
Phonology - the study of how the sounds of speech are represented in our
minds - is one of the core areas of linguistic theory, and is central to
the study of human language. This state-of-the-art handbook brings together
the world’s leading experts in phonology to present the most comprehensive
and detailed overview of the field to date. Focusing on the most recent
research and the most influential theories, the authors discuss each of the
central issues in phonological theory, explore a variety of empirical
phenomena, and show how phonology interacts with other aspects of language
such as syntax, morphology, phonetics, and language acquisition. Providing
a one-stop guide to every aspect of this important field, The Cambridge
Handbook of Phonology will serve as an invaluable source of readings for
advanced undergraduate and graduate students, an informative overview for
linguists, and a useful starting point for anyone beginning phonological