"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.
An Introduction to the Theory of Formal Languages and Automata
The present text is a re-edition of Volume I of Formal Grammars in
Linguistics and Psycholinguistics, a three-volume work published in
1974. This volume is an entirely self-contained introduction to the theory
of formal grammars and automata, which hasn't lost any of its relevance. Of
course, major new developments have seen the light since this introduction
was first published, but it still provides the indispensible basic notions
from which later work proceeded. The author's reasons for writing this text
are still relevant: an introduction that does not suppose an acquaintance
with sophisticated mathematical theories and methods, that is intended
specifically for linguists and psycholinguists (thus including such topics
as learnability and probabilistic grammars), and that provides students of
language with a reference text for the basic notions in the theory of
formal grammars and automata, as they keep being referred to in linguistic
and psycholinguistic publications; the subject index of this introduction
can be used to find definitions of a wide range of technical terms. An
appendix has been added with further references to some of the core new
developments since this book originally appeared.