"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.
From linguistic areas to areal linguistics explores language
description and typology in terms of areal background, presenting case
studies in areal linguistics. Some concern well-established linguistic
areas such as the Balkan, other regions such as East Nusantara (Indonesia)
and the Guapore-Mamore (Amazon) regions have never before been studied in
an areal perspective, and yet other areas are involved in current debates.
The insight has gained ground that languages owe many of their
characteristics to the languages they are in contact with over time. Yet
the nature of these areal influences remains a matter of debate.
Furthermore, areas are often hard to define. Hence the title: a shift from
linguistic areas as concrete and circumscribed objects to a new way of
doing linguistics: areally. New findings include the observation that there
may be many more language areas than previously recognized. The book is
primarily directed at linguists working in descriptive, comparative,
historical and typological linguistics. Since it covers linguistic areas
from four continents, it will have a wide appeal.