"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 annual "Going Romance" conference has developed into the major
European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance
languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance
languages in particular are tested. The twenty-third "Going Romance"
conference was a very special one: for the first time it was not hosted by one of
the Dutch universities, but was co-organized by the Radboud University
Nijmegen and the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis and held in France at the
Maison du Séminaire in Nice from 3-5 December 2009. The present volume
contains a broad range of peer-reviewed articles dealing with syntax, phonology,
morphology, semantics and acquisition of the Romance languages as well as
selected papers from the special workshop dealing with linguistic change in
relation to linguistic theory.