"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.
This work investigates the phonology of Tiberian Hebrew words ending on
consonant clusters on the underlying level. This is achieved by first
evaluating how these words were treated by traditional pre-generative
grammars of Hebrew. This section of the study serves primarily to indicate
the shortcomings in these explanations, and to indicate thereby the need
for a generative study of these words. Thereafter the treatment of these
words in terms of traditional generative phonology is discussed. In this
section the explanations offered by two noted scholars in the field, Malone
and Garr, are evaluated and compared. It is argued that these explanations
are by far more adequate than the pre-generative explanations, but that
they still miss some substantial linguistic generalisations. Finally, a
proposal is offered for how these words can be treated in a non-linear
approach to generative phonology.
In this section the focus falls primarily on syllabification and how the
site of vowel epenthesis is predicted by this process. The contribution of
this study is twofold: On the one hand it offers the first detailed
analysis of an aspect of the standard textbook “Tiberian Hebrew Phonology”
of Malone (1993). On the other hand, it opens up the study of Tiberian
Hebrew phonology to more recent developments in phonological theory.