"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
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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.
Konjugationsklassenwandel [Conjugation class change]
Prinzipien des Ab-, Um- und Ausbaus verbalflexivischer Allomorphie in germanischen Sprachen
Conjugation classes, e.g. strong verbs with change of vowel versus weak
verbs with a t-suffix to express tense represent formal differentiations
without functional equivalent. Thus, at first glance, they appear to
complicate the language system. This study shows that conjugation classes
by no means must be necessarily downgraded in the history of Germanic
languages but rather maintained and reorganized. On the other hand it shows
that their change is not arbitrary but steered by principles, e.g. linked
functionally to grammatical categories such as tense.