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"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



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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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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.


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Title: Word
Subtitle: A Cross-linguistic Typology
Edited By: R. M. W. Dixon
Chia-jung Pan
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521818990
Description:

A distinguished international group of scholars analyze the concept of
"word" and its applicability in a range of typologically diverse languages.
The languages include Amazonian, Australian Aboriginal, Eskimo, Native
North American, West African, Balkan, Caucasian and Indo-Pakistani Sign
Language. They exhibit a great range of phonological, morphological and
grammatical characteristics, enabling the contributors to refine the
definition of a "word" against this broad linguistic landscape. The book is
of interest to scholars of linguistic typology and of morphology.

Contributors:

R.M.W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Anthony C. Woodbury, John
Henderson, Ulrike Zeshan, Robert Rankin, John Boyle, Randolph Graczyk,
John Koontz, Knut J. Olawksy, Alice C. Harris; Brian Joseph, P.H. Matthews

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521818990
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
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