"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 Rhythm of Speech, Verse and Vocal Music: A New Theory
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 110
This book represents a step forward into the development of text-setting
studies from an Optimality Theory perspective, concentrating on the strong
bond between the rhythm of spoken language and that of text set to music.
It provides an overview of the prosodic characteristics of spoken English
and Spanish (both synchronic and diachronic) as well as the evolution of
their standard versification systems in order to explore the systematic
application of a number of text-setting Optimality Theory constraints to a
large corpus of English and Spanish folk and art songs. The theoretical and
empirical analysis of the song corpus is developed to raise interest in the
study of suprasegmental phonology from an interdisciplinary point of view,
presenting vocal music as a firm locus for the study of prosody, as well as
to determine the degree of accuracy of the OT-based theories argued for in
the existing literature.
Text-setting - Metrics - Prosody - Stress - Stress-timed languages -
Syllable-timed languages - Rhythm - Optimality Theory - Song.