"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.
Variation and Change
The Dynamics of Maltese in Space, Time and Society
The twelve contributions to this collection of articles focus on variation
and change in the lexicon, morphology, syntax and phonology of Maltese.
Various aspects of lectal variation are addressed: the properties of
sociolects, technolects, regional varieties, and different registers of
present-day Maltese are discussed. On-going changes are looked at in
several of the papers. The questions of whether or not there is a typical
Maltese EU-variety or a distinct sociolect spoken by the younger generation
are raised. Not all of the phenomena which attest variation can be ascribed
to the sociolinguistic sphere. Morpho-syntactic issues like the definition
of clitics, the causative-inchoative alternation and the employment of the
possessive relative clause are linked more closely to structural and
functional factors. Suprasegmental issues like the use of pauses in spoken
Maltese and the syllable structure of Maltese are scrutinized as well.
These topics are complemented by dialectological studies, investigations of
the pragmatics of Maltese and the description of literary Maltese. The
range of topics covered in this collection proves that it is worth the
while studying Maltese from the perspective of general linguistics.