"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.
Historical Linguistics 2005
Selected papers from the 17th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Madison, Wisconsin, 31 July - 5 August 2005
This volume contains 22 revised papers originally presented at the 17th
International Conference on Historical Linguistics, held August 2005 in
Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The papers cover a broad range of languages,
including well-studied languages of Europe but also Aramaic, Zoque and
Uto-Aztecan, Japanese and Korean, Afrikaans, and the Pilbara languages of
Australia. The theoretical approaches taken are equally diverse, often
bringing together aspects of 'formal' and 'functional' theories in a single
contribution. Many of the chapters provide fresh data, including several
drawing on data from electronic corpora. Topics range from traditional
comparative reconstruction to prosodic change and the role of processing in