"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.
This book is about the nature of morphology and its place in the structure of
grammar. Drawing on a wide range of aspects of Romance inflectional
morphology, leading scholars present detailed arguments for the autonomy of
morphology, i.e. morphology has phenomena and mechanisms of its own that
are not reducible to syntax or phonology. But which principles and rules govern
this independent component and which phenomena can be described or
explicated by the mechanisms of the morphemic level? In shedding light on
these questions, this volume constitutes a major contribution to Romance
historical morphology in particular, and to our understanding of the nature and
importance of morphomic structure in language change in general.