"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.
Language Variation - European Perspectives III
Selected papers from the 5th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 5), Copenhagen, June 2009
Language Variation – European Perspectives III contains 18 selected
papers from the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe
which took place in Copenhagen 2009. The volume includes plenaries by
Penelope Eckert (‘Where does the social stop?’) and Brit Mæhlum (on how
cities have been viewed by dialectologists, sociolinguists – and lay
people). In between these two longer papers, the editors have selected 16
others ranging over a wide field of interest from phonetics (i.a.
Stuart-Smith, Timmins and Alam) via syntax (Wiese) to information structure
(Moore and Snell) and from cognitive semantics (Levshina, Geeraerts and
Spelman) to the perceptual study of intonation (Feizollahi and Soukoup).
Several of the papers concern methodological questions within corpus based
studies of variation (Buchstaller and Corrigan, Vangsnes and Johannessen,
and Ruus and Duncker). Taken as a whole the papers demonstrate how wide the
field of variation studies has become during the last two decades. It is
now central to almost all linguistic subfields.