"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.
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.
This outstanding volume presents a state-of-the-art overview of linguistic
research into the acquisition of phonology. Bringing together well-known
researchers in the field, it focuses on constraints in phonological
acquisition (as opposed to rules), and offers concrete examples of the
formalization of phonological development in terms of constraint ranking.
The first two chapters situate the research in its broader context, with an
introduction by the editors providing a brief general tutorial on
Optimality Theory. Chapter two serves to highlight the history of
constraints in studies of phonological development, which predates their
current ascent to prominence in phonological theory. The remaining chapters
address a number of partially overlapping themes: the study of child
production data in terms of constraints, learnability issues, perceptual
development and its relation to the development of production, and