"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.
Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2006
Selected papers from 'Going Romance', Amsterdam, 7-9 December 2006
The annual conference series ‘Going Romance’ has developed into a major
European discussion forum where ideas about language and linguistics and
about Romance languages in particular are put in an interactive
perspective, giving room to both universality and Romance-internal
variation. The current volume contains a selection of the papers that were
presented at the 20th Going Romance conference, held at the VU University
in Amsterdam in December 2006. The papers in the volume deal with current
issues in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, and range across a
variety of Romance languages.