"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.
Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science
Morphology is the study of linguistic forms, or rather, of the stems and inflected forms of words. This handbook, containing contributions written in English and German, informs the reader on fundamental concepts and theoretical approaches of the discipline and on morphological structures of diverse languages. It represents the current state of the art in morphology in a comprehensive fashion at a general level and is illustrated with many examples. Priority is given to a thorough explanation of established concepts and insights, complemented, where necessary, by an unbiased report on alternative problem solutions.