"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.
Tying together work on a number of languages and linguistic varieties in
different locales, this book provides students and researchers with a
convenient, unified overview of variationist analysis in linguistics.
Variation in Linguistic Systems takes a theoretical and quantitative
approach to the study of variation in language, focusing on the role of
language-internal constraints on variation and the relation of linguistic
variation to linguistic theory. It introduces the basic concepts of
variationist linguistics and includes key discussions on language change,
language contact, the different types of variation, multivariate analysis
with GoldVarb, and variation in sound and grammatical systems.
Here is an ideal textbook for an introductory course on variation, as well
as a useful resource for scholars with some background in linguistics who
are interested in the study of language variation and its relation to the
wider field of linguistics.