"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.
Extragrammatical and Marginal Morphology
Papers from the Workshop held in Vienna, 15 February 1996
This volume is a collection of papers presented at a workshop on
"Extragrammatical and Marginal Morphology" held in Vienna in February 1996.
It brings together authors from different theoretical backgrounds, spanning
from Natural Morphology to lexicography and OT. The topics addressed
include, besides a general introduction to the concepts of extragrammatical
and marginal morphology, a close-up study of phenomena such as blends, the
make-up of trade names in different languages, and the morphological
structure of toponyms.
Contents: Wolfgang U. Dressler: Extragrammatical vs. marginal morphology;
Bernard Fradin: Combining forms, blends and related phenomena; Outi Bat-El:
The grammaticality of "extragrammatical" morphology; Elke
Ronneberger-Sibold: Creative competence at work: the creation of partial
motivation in German trade names; Anna M. Thornton: On -ex and -tex;
Damaris Nübling: The semiotic and morphological structure of German
toponyms. Different strategies for indicating propriality.