"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.
Please Note: This is a new version of a previously announced text.
This edition begins with an examination of the foundations of articulatory and
acoustic phonetics, moves on to the basic principles of phonology, and ends
with an outline of some further issues within contemporary phonology. Varieties
of English, particularly Received Pronunciation and General American, form the
focus of consideration, but aspects of the phonetics and phonology of other
languages are discussed as well.
This new edition includes more discussion of Optimality Theory and a new
glossary of terms. It has been updated throughout to take account of the latest
developments in phonological theory, but without sacrificing the book's ease of
use for beginners.