"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.
Brought together in this volume are fourteen studies using a range of modern
instrumental methods – acoustic and articulatory – to investigate the phonetics
of several North African and Middle Eastern varieties of Arabic. Topics covered
include syllable structure, quantity, assimilation, guttural and emphatic
consonants and their pharyngeal and laryngeal mechanisms, intonation, and
language acquisition. In addition to presenting new data and new descriptions
and interpretations, a key aim of the volume is to demonstrate the depth of
objective analysis that instrumental methods can enable researchers to
achieve. A special feature of many chapters is the use of more than one type of
instrumentation to give different perspectives on phonetic properties of Arabic
speech which have fascinated scholars since medieval times. The volume will
be of interest to phoneticians, phonologists and Arabic dialectologists, and
provides a link between traditional qualitative accounts of spoken Arabic and
modern quantitative methods of instrumental phonetic analysis.