"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.
Language complexity has recently attracted considerable attention from
linguists of many different persuasions. This volume – a thematic selection
of papers from the conference Approaches to Complexity in Language, held in
Helsinki, August 2005 – is the first collection of articles devoted to the
topic. The sixteen chapters of the volume approach the notion of language
complexity from a variety of perspectives. The papers are divided into
three thematic sections that reflect the central themes of the book:
Typology and theory, Contact and change, Creoles and pidgins. The book is
mainly intended for typologists, historical linguists, contact linguists
and creolists, as well as all linguists interested in language complexity
in general. As the first collective volume on a very topical theme, the
book is expected to be of lasting interest to the linguistic community.