"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.
This monograph proposes a new interpretation of the intrasegmental
structure of consonants and provides the first systematic intra- and
cross-linguistic study of consonant prevocalization. The proposed model
represents consonants as inherently bigestural and makes strong predictions
that are automatically relevant to phonological theory at both the
diachronic and synchronic levels, and also to the phonetics of articulatory
evolution. It also clearly demonstrates that a wide generalization of the
notion of consonant prevocalization provides a uniform account for many
well-known processes generally considered independent – from asynchronous
palatalization in Polish to intrusive [r] in nonrhotic English, to vowel
epentheses in Avestan, and to pre-/s/ vowel prothesis in Welsh. Consonant
prevocalization has not played a significant role in the development of
modern phonological theory to date, and this work is the first to highlight
its broad theoretical significance. It develops important theoretical
insights, with a wealth of supporting data and a rich bibliography. No
doubt, this book will be of great interest to phonologists, phoneticians,
typologists, and historical linguists.