"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.
In this book leading scholars address the issues surrounding the
syntax-phonology interface. These principally concern whether the
phonological component can influence syntax and if so how far and in what
ways: such questions are a prominent component of current work on the
biolinguistics of speech production and reception. The problematic
relationship between syntax and phonology has long piqued the interest of
syntacticians and phonologists: the connections between sound and structure
have played a key role in generative grammar from its inception, initially
relating to focus and the prosodic marking of constituent structure and
more recently to word-order constraints. This book advances this work in a
series of critical and interlinked presentations of the latest thinking and
research. In doing so it draws on data from a wide range of languages,
evidence from disordered language, and related work in language acquisition.