"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.
Present-day Dialectology does not treat dialectology as an isolated discipline. Instead, it discusses dialectological topics within the framework of present-day linguistics. The book contains papers which seek to confront recent phonological, morphologic, syntactic and semantic theory with dialectological data. In addition, it explores the link between dialectology on the one hand and sociolinguistics and the study of language contact on the other. Therefore, this study is not only of interest to dialectologists, but also to sociolinguists, students of language contact as well as theoretical linguists in general.
Werner Abraham: Characteristics of spoken vernaculars: parsing strategies? The Case of German
Gert Booij: Language variation and phonological theory: inflected adjectives in Dutch and related languages
Dennis R. Preston: Perceptual dialectology: aims, methods, findings
Georges de Schutter: Parallels in the phonological systems of Southern Dutch and Northern French dialects
Wolfgang Viereck: Britain and the Continent - linguistic interrelations
Joseph J. S. Weitenberg: Aspects of Armenian dialectology
Lieselotte Anderwald - Bernd Kortmann: Typology and dialectology: a programmatic sketch
Charlotte Gooskens / Renée van Bezooijen: The role of prosodic and verbal aspects of speech in the perceived divergence of Dutch and English language varieties
Rüdiger Harnisch: Morphologische Reanalysen bei lokalen Adverbien, Präpositionen und Adjektiven im Thüringischen und Ostfränkischen
José Ignacio Hualde: Basque accentuation and dialectology
Jaap van Marle / Caroline Smits: On the (non-)persistence of dialect features in American Dutch (1): general aspects
Caroline Smits: On the (non-)persistence of dialect features in American Dutch (2): the case of Iowa Dutch
Inge Lise Pedersen: The impact of internal or contact-induced change on weak preterites in -at in Danish dialects with an outlook to Norway and Sweden
Michael D. Picone: Meta-constraints and constraint ranking in relation to the representation of nasality and palatality across French dialects
Sibylle Reichel: Probleme bei der Erstellung von Sprachkarten im Untersuchungsgebiet des "Bayerischen Sprachatlas" am Beispiel von Richtungsadverbien
Beat Siebenhaar: Dialektwandel und Einstellung - Das Beispiel der Aarauer Stadtmundart Dialect change and attitudes
Dick Smakman / Renée van Bezooijen: The pronunciation of standard Dutch - An evaluation study
Jos Swanenberg: On ethnobiological nomenclature in Southern Dutch dialects