"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.
The renewed focus on the evidential base of linguistics in general, but
particularly on syntax, is in to a large degree dependent on technological
developments: computers, electronic storage and transmission. These factors
have enabled a revolution in the accessibility of digitally stored
language, both in sampled and organized corpora and in its raw unsampled
form on the internet. But this technology has also allowed a step-change in
experimental methods readily available to linguists. The new arrival of
such enormous quantities of data in greatly increased detail has made
information accessible which could previously not even have been dreamed
of. This volume is a selection of research reports from linguists who are
making use of this new information and trying to integrate the new insights
into their analyses and theoretical assumptions.