"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.
The Handbook of the Syllable approaches the study of the phonology and
phonetics of the syllable with theoretical, empirical and methodological
heterogeneity as its guiding principle. Since the mid-nineteenth century,
scholars in the phonetic and phonological sciences have found it convenient
to refer to the syllable, but definitions are scarce and none apply to all
areas where the syllable is frequently invoked. The Handbook’s seventeen
chapters focus on empirical studies of the syllable by presenting both new
data and new kinds of data. The work addresses the syllable in phonology,
phonetics, experimental psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, diachronic
linguistics, and orthography. It is a seminal reference book for
researchers exploring any empirical area where the notion of “the syllable”