"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 presents an experimental and theoretical inquiry into the
sentential form and variation in the prosodic structure of Catalan. The
section examines intonational phrasing across sentence forms, including SVO
structures with either nominal or sentential objects and structures
left- and right-dislocations. The results show variation in phrasing that
on syntactic factors and non-syntactic factors such as topic-hood and prosodic
binarity. The theoretical section uses Stochastic Optimality Theory to
variation and frequency distributions associated with the observed prosodic
patterns. Various syntactic and non-syntactic factors are represented by
alignment constraints, which play a major role in Catalan, and by constraints
that limit size and those that limit the overall amount of prosodic
study represents a combined approach to prosody and syntax and is of
particular relevance for theoretical and empirical linguists interested in the
relationship between these domains both in Catalan and other languages.