"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.
A pioneering book establishing the foundations for research into word-formation
typology and tendencies. It fills a gap in cross-linguistic research by being the
first systematic survey of the word-formation of the world's languages. Drawing
on over 1500 examples from fifty-five languages, it provides a wider global
representation than any other volume. This data, from twenty-eight language
families and forty-five language genera, reveals associations between word-
formation processes in genetically and geographically distinct languages. Data
presentation from two complementary perspectives, semasiological and
onomasiological, shows both the basic functions of individual word-formation
processes and the ways of expressing selected cognitive categories. Language
data was gathered by way of detailed questionnaires completed by over eighty
leading experts on the languages discussed. The book is aimed at academic
researchers and graduate students in language typology, linguistic fieldwork and