"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.
A Guide to Morphosyntax-Phonology Interface Theories
How Extra-Phonological Information is Treated in Phonology since Trubetzkoy’s Grenzsignale
This book reviews the history of the interface between morpho-syntax and
phonology roughly since World War II. Structuralist and generative
interface thinking is presented chronologically, but also theory by theory
from the point of view of a historically interested observer who however in
the last third of the book distills lessons in order to assess present-day
interface theories, and to establish a catalogue of properties that a
correct interface theory should or must not have. The book also introduces
modularity, the rationalist theory of the (human) cognitive system that
underlies the generative approach to language, from a Cognitive Science
perspective. Modularity is used as a referee for interface theories in the
book. Finally, the book locates the interface debate in the landscape of
current minimalist syntax and phase theory and fosters intermodular
argumentation: how can we use properties of morpho-syntactic theory in
order to argue for or against competing theories of phonology (and vice-versa)?