"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.
Originally published in 1975, this was the first detailed linguistic study
of natural language numeral systems. It draws on two quite different
scholarly traditions. The first is carried on by anthropologists and others
compiling and cataloguing data on the different counting-systems of the
world. The second explores generative grammar, which analyses the universal
features and the formal organisation of these numeral systems. Dr Hurford
is able to extend and modify the detailed theory of generative grammar by
testing it against this material and discovering the rules, conventions and
constraints which apply. He includes separate chapters on the numeral
systems of English, French, Mixtec, Hawaiian, Danish, Welsh and Yoruba; the
book is therefore also a contribution to the grammars of these languages.
The book is primarily intended for linguists, but there is an introduction
to the relevant principles of generative grammar in the first chapter, to
help make the work accessible also to anthropologists and mathematicians.