"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.
Irregular Verbs in the Mental Lexicon of German-English Interlanguage Speakers
This book presents the first detailed empirical study of irregular verb
morphology in the German-English interlanguage. Starting with a theoretical
in-depth account of irregular verb morphology both in English and German,
three widely discussed theses about its nature are tested against a wide
range of empirical data, both from L1 and L2. Although the findings partly
confirm existing models and theories, the data also show the need for
further re-examination of some fundamental questions through associative or
probabilistic computer models. All in all this book provides a rigorous,
profound and thought-provoking discussion of the phenomenon in question,
involving an up-to-date revision of existing theories as well as the
cross-linguistic examination of L1 and L2 data by an array of sophisticated
multivariate statistical models. It is mainly directed towards university
students of German and English linguistics, psycholinguistics and language
acquisition at an advanced level.