"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.
Compound Stress in English
The Phonetics and Phonology of Prosodic Prominence
This volume addresses several claims about the two prominence patterns found
in English nominal compounds in a rigorously empirical way. Listener
proficiency to identify these patterns is investigated, and the acoustic properties
that distinguish the patterns are identified. These properties are used to predict
statistically the prominence pattern of any given compound. The book further
analyzes the semantic and structural factors influencing the distribution of the
prominence patterns, and addresses the extent of within- and across-speaker
variability in English compound stress assignment.