"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 study of compounds is currently at the center of attention in many
areas of both theoretical and applied linguistics. This volume brings
together contributions by experts involved in a wide range of such areas,
based on a large number of diverse languages – spoken and signed. The fact
that compound constructions are at the interface of the various components
of language – morphology, syntax, phonology, and semantics – makes them
ideal testing grounds for models of grammatical architecture, as seen in a
number of these chapters.
The breadth and depth of the coverage of topics, as well as the unified
bibliography, make this volume a basic reference source for those
interested in current theoretical as well as experimental approaches to
compounding, and thus to theoretical linguists as well as psycholinguists
and researchers in related fields of cognitive science.