"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 a new version of a previously announced book.
This specially commissioned volume considers the processes involved in
language change and the issues of how they can be modelled and studied. The
way languages change offers an insight into the nature of language itself,
its internal organisation, and how it is acquired and used. Accordingly,
the phenomenon of language change has been approached from a variety of
perspectives by linguists of many different orientations. This book,
originally published in 2003, brings together an international team of
leading figures from different areas of linguistics to re-examine some of
the central issues in this field and also to discuss new proposals. The
volume is arranged into sections, including grammaticalisation, the
typological perspective, the social context of language change and
contact-based explanations. It seeks to cover the subject as a whole,
bearing in mind its relevance for the general analysis of language, and
will appeal to a broad international readership.