"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 two volumes of the Phonological Spectrum aim at giving a comprehensive overview of current developments in phonological theory, by providing a number of papers in different areas of current theorizing which reflect on particular problems from different angles. Volume I is concerned with segmental structure, and focuses on nasality, voicing and other laryngeal features, as well as segmental timing. With respect to nasality, questions such as the phonetic underpinning of a distinctive feature [nasal] and the treatment of nasal harmony are treated. As for voicing, the behaviour of voicing assimilation in Dutch is covered while its application in German is examined with an eye to its implications for the stratification of the German lexicon. In the final section of volume I, the structure of diphthongs is examined, as well as the treatment of lenition and the relation between phonetic and phonological specification in sign language.
Table of Contents
Nasal harmony in functional phonology
Reinterpreting transparency in nasal harmony
Can ‘phonological’ nasality be derived from phonetic nasality?
The role of phonology and phonetics in Dutch voice assimilation
Mirjam T.C. Ernestus
Final Devoicing and the stratification of the lexicon in German
The laryngeal effect in Korean: Phonology or phonetics?
Time, tone and other things
The diphthong dynamics distinction in Swabian: How much timing is there in phonology?
Depression in Zulu: Tonal effects of segmental features
Weakening processes in the Optimality Framework
Base joint configuration in Sign Language of the Netherlands: Phonetic variation and phonological specification
Onno Crasborn and Els van der Kooij