"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 value of "raw data" is an essential one: to provide students and
professors linguistic data that can be examined and analyzed in context,
whether the study is phonological or grammatical. This value is profound in
the context of current linguistics where "contrived" data devoid of context
is de rigueur. As much as is possible, analyses ought to be "data-led"
where conclusions are suggested after careful and methodical investigation.
Then one may properly posit well-grounded linguistic theory.
Toward furthering these aims, stories from Tarifit Berber native speakers
were collected over a ten year period. They represent a couple of dialects
within the Tarifit-speaking region in northeastern Morocco. They are
transcribed phonetically, with morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, syllable
divisions, and a free translation. Along with the printed versions, the
sound files of each of these stories are provided on an enclosed compact
disk. It is hoped that this compilation will provide a "target-rich"
environment for practical linguistic research for students as well as
teachers, and that this manner of glossing will help set a better standard
for presenting linguistic data. (plus CD-ROM)