"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.
Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
This proceedings contains 52 of the 59 papers from the 27th West Coast
Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 27), which was held at the
University of California, Los Angeles on May 16-18, 2008. The authors
present new work in syntax, semantics, morphology, and phonology. The
proceedings includes Elliott Moreton's plenary paper, "Modelling Modularity
Bias in Phonological Pattern Learning." The complete table of contents is
available at http://www.lingref.com/cpp/wccfl/27/ along with abstracts and
the full papers in PDF format.
This volume has been published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, an
imprint of Cascadilla Press. All proceedings from Cascadilla Proceedings
Project are published in library binding. There is also free web access to
all of the papers in the proceedings through our web site at