"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.
Modality and Structure in Signed and Spoken Languages
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
The realisation that signed languages are true languages is one of the
great discoveries of the last 30 years of linguistic research. The work of
many sign language researchers has revealed deep similarities between
signed and spoken languages in their structure, acquisition and processing,
as well as differences, arising from the differing articulatory and
perceptual constraints under which signed languages are used and learned.
This book provides a cross-linguistic examination of the properties of many
signed languages, including detailed case studies of Hong Kong, British,
Mexican and German sign languages. The contributions to this volume, by
some of the most prominent researchers in the field, focus on a single
question: to what extent is linguistic structure influenced by the modality
of language? Their answers offer particular insights into the factors that
shape the nature of language and contribute to our understanding of why
languages are organised as they are.