"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.
Generative linguists have always claimed that the transformational models
of language offer the best descriptive accounts of language. But they have
often made a further and more ambitious claim for these models: that they
have some psychological validity and represent our mental organisation of
linguistic knowledge. The models are therefore supposed to explain at least
some aspects of how, as speakers and listeners, we produce, perceive and
understand all human utterances. Dr. Linell attacks this claim and
particularly its application to phonology and offers fundamental criticisms
of the ‘orthodox’ school of generative phonology associated with Chomsky
and Halle. His own positive proposals stress the importance of surface
phenomena as opposed to abstract underlying forms and lead to a new
typology of phonological rules and a new consideration of the relations
between phonology and phonetics and between phonology and morphology. The
book will interest a wide range of linguists and some psychologists as well
as specialists in phonology and phonetics.