"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.
In some languages words tend to be rather short but in others they may be
dauntingly long. In this book, a distinguished international group of
scholars discuss the concept "word" and its applicability in a range of
typologically diverse languages. An introductory chapter sets the
parameters of variation for "word". The nine chapters that follow then
study the character of "word" in individual languages, including
Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native North American, West
African, Balkan and Caucasian languages, and Indo-Pakistani Sign Language.
These languages exhibit a huge range of phonological and grammatical
characteristics, the close study of which enables the contributors to
refine our understanding of what can constitute a "word". An epilogue
explores the status and cross-linguistic properties of "word". The book
will be an invaluable resource for scholars of linguistic typology and of
morphology and phonology.