"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 n-stems are an intriguing part of Proto-Germanic morphology. Unlike any
other noun class, the n-stems have roots that are characterized by
systematic consonant and vowel alternations across the different Germanic
dialects. This monograph represents a diachronic investigation of this root
variation. It traces back the Germanic n-stems to their Indo-European
origin, and clarifies their formal characteristics by an interaction of
sound law and analogy. This book therefore is not just an attempt to
account for the typology of the Germanic n-stems, but also a case study of
the impact that sound change may have on the evolution of morphology and
Guus Kroonen’s research focuses on the historical linguistics of the
Germanic languages, both from the modern dialectal and the Indo-European
perspective. He studied Scandinavian languages in Amsterdam and Comparative
Indo-European linguistics in Leiden, where he also obtained his doctoral
degree. He is a contributor to the Leiden Indo-European Etymological
Dictionary, for which he has prepared the Etymological Dictionary of
Proto-Germanic (Brill, forthcoming).