"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.
Romance Linguistics 2010
Selected papers from the 40th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Seattle, Washington, March 2010
This volume contains a selection of nineteen peer-reviewed papers from the
40th annual Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL) held at the
University of Washington in March 2010. In addition to overviews of Romance
linguistics by the editor and by Jurgen Klausenburger in the keynote article,
contributions cover a variety of linguistic theoretical topics and a range of
Romance languages, including Old and Modern French, Italian, Romanian as
well as several dialects of Spanish and Portuguese. A number of papers deal
with the morphophonology of Peninsular Spanish languages, agreement
anomalies, generic interpretation, and the syntax/semantics of determiners,
particularly of Romanian. Both the topics and the languages discussed in this
volume are tied together by a number of 'leitmotifs', and several articles
present phenomena not previously considered. The volume makes significant
contributions both to the documentation of Romance languages and to linguistic
theory, and will be of interest to Romance and general linguistics scholars.