"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.
This book is the first collection of studies on an important yet under-investigated
linguistic phenomenon, the processing and production of head-final syntactic
structures. Until now, the remarkable progress made in the field of human
sentence processing had been achieved largely by investigating head-initial
languages such as English. The goal of the present volume is to deepen our
understanding by examining head-final languages and offering a comparison of
those results to findings from head-initial languages. This book brings together
cross-linguistic investigations of languages with prominent head-final structures
such as Basque, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi. It will inform
readers of linguistics with both theoretical and experimental backgrounds, as it
provides accounts of previous studies, offers experimentally-based theoretical
discussions, and includes experimental stimuli in the original languages.