"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.
Divided into three main sections on Phonology, Syntax and Semantics, this
new volume on variation in French aims to provide a snapshot of the state
of sociolinguistic research inside and outside metropolitan France. From a
diatopic perspective, varieties in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and
Canada are considered, mainly with respect to phonological features but
also focusing on syntactic and lexical evolutions (the relative clause in
Ivorian French and discourse markers in Canadian French). The acquisition
of stylistic features of French figures in chapters on both first and
second language learners and variation across different genres is addressed
with respect to non-standard non-finite forms. Finally, a section on
semantic change traces the way that interactional and other
socio-historical factors affect word meaning. The volume will appeal to
(socio-)linguists with an interest in contemporary French as well as to
advanced undergraduates and post-graduate students of French and
specialists in the field.