"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.
Statistical analysis is a useful skill for linguists and psycholinguists,
allowing them to understand the quantitative structure of their data. This
textbook provides a straightforward introduction to the statistical
analysis of language. Designed for linguists with a non-mathematical
background, it clearly introduces the basic principles and methods of
statistical analysis, using 'R', the leading computational statistics
programme. The reader is guided step-by-step through a range of real data
sets, allowing them to analyse acoustic data, construct grammatical trees
for a variety of languages, quantify register variation in corpus
linguistics, and measure experimental data using state-of-the-art models.
The visualization of data plays a key role, both in the initial stages of
data exploration and later on when the reader is encouraged to criticize
various models. Containing over 40 exercises with model answers, this book
will be welcomed by all linguists wishing to learn more about working with
and presenting quantitative data.