"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.
Syllable Structure of Bangla: An Optimality-Theoretic Approach is a three
part study designed to provide the student/readers with a better
understanding about the structure of Bangla syllables in terms of phonology
and morphology. The book is divided into twelve chapters with each chapter
focusing on one particular area of the study.
The first part of this three part study focuses on the frequency of
occurrences of different consonant clusters in Bangla. It argues that these
clusters are best described with the help of the Bangla lexicon into three
strata that include native Bangla words (NB) as well as Sanskrit borrowings
(SB) and the other borrowings (OB). This part of the study focuses on the
analysis of these syllabic structures in Bangla with the help of the
Optimality Theory (OT).
The second part of the study focuses on a morphological analysis of the
standard verbal inflectional paradigms of Bangla in the framework of
Distributed Morphology (DM). This includes categories of tense/mood, levels
of politeness and persons. This analysis is then compared with the English
verbal inflectional morphology. In a later stage, Kar picks up the
Optimality Theory from where he left it at the first part and applies it to
analyze the outcomes of the morphological analysis in DM and following
phonological changes on them.