"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 a 2009 re-issue of the original book.
In this monograph, the first to be exclusively concerned with a model of
phonological structure that is becoming increasingly influential, Heinz
Giegerich pursues two major aims. First, he explores the theoretical
foundations of ‘metrical phonology’ and in so doing suggests that the
current model should be significantly simplified: auxiliary devices such as
‘prosodic categories’, ‘metrical grids’ and segmental stress features are
shown to be unnecessary in this study. Secondly, he applies the model to a
wide range of German and English data and in particular provides a detailed
account of the stress patterns of German words - native and nonnative,
morphologically simple and complex. The many similarities between German
and English phonological structure are thereby strikingly illustrated. The
book’s clarity of exposition will enable readers not wholly familiar with
metrical phonology to appreciate fully the elegance of this model in,
arguably, its most basic form.