"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.
The papers included in the volume Phonetics and Phonology: Interactions
and interrelations are concerned with some of the multiple possible
forms of interactions and interrelations in phonetics and phonology: the
phonetic and/or phonological nature of speech patterns, segmental and
prosodic interactions, and interactions between segments and features, both
in child and in adult language, combining perception and production data,
and doing so from theoretically as well as experimentally oriented
perspectives. The book is unique in the universe of recent publications for
its topic, wide scope and coherent thematic content. It is of interest to
all researchers, teachers and students in the fields of phonetics and
phonology as well as to those interested in the interplay between
production and perception, the organization of grammar and language
typology. In general, Phonetics and Phonology. Interactions and
interrelations may be a useful companion to all those wishing to widen
and deepen their knowledge of the sound structure of language(s).