"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.
Understanding Morphological Rules
With Special Emphasis on Conversion and Subtraction in Bulgarian, Russian and Serbo-Croatian
This volume analyzes morphological and morphonological phenomena from a
number of distinct Slavic languages. It does so in an innovative manner, yet
also positions the analysis in the context of current morphological debates. It is
thus a valuable contribution both to comparative Slavic morphology and general
morphological theory. Moreover, the book is the first attempt at a theory of
conversion and subtraction relevant to languages with rich inflectional
morphology. It contributes to our structural understanding of the nature of word.
As the first illustration of subtraction with examples from southern Slavic
languages, it is an excellent source of specialist data. The book’s theoretical
framework is easily accessible and applicable to other languages, which makes
it attractive to researchers on Slavic languages and general linguists alike. The
volume will also appeal to general morphologists, typologists, and advanced
students in linguistics.