"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 re-issue of a previously published book.
John Anderson and Colin Ewen, two of the most notable exponents of
'dependency phonology', present in this book a detailed account of this
integrated model for the representational of segmental and suprasegmental
structure in phonology. Dependency phonology departs from traditional
'linear' models of phonology, and the more recent non-linear models of
autosegmental and metrical phonology, in several respects. Unlike in these
models, suprasegmental structure is derived directly from the segmental
representations, and these representations are based on single-valued
features, or components (rather than Chomsky and Halle-type binary
features), linked by the dependency relation to form suprasegmental
structures, with the exact nature of the dependency relations being
directly determined by the properties of the segmental structure. Phonology
is currently noteworthy for the diversity of views within the discipline,
but no linguist or phonetician with a serious interest in phonology can
afford to ignore this book or fail to be interested by it.