"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.
Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of The Handbook of
Phonetic Sciences provides an authoritative account of the key topics in
both theoretical and applied areas of speech communication, written by an
international team of leading scholars and practitioners.
* Combines new and influential research, along with articulate overviews of
the key topics in theoretical and applied areas of speech communication
* Accessibly structured into five major sections covering: experimental
phonetics; biological perspectives; modelling speech production and
perception; linguistic phonetics; and speech technology
* Includes nine entirely new chapters on topics such as phonetic notation
and sociophonetics, speech technology, biological perspectives, and prosody
* A streamlined and re-oriented structure brings all contributions
up-to-date with the latest research, whilst maintaining the features that
made the first edition so useful