"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.
Note: This is a copy of a previously published book.
This popular introduction to phonetics describes how languages use a
variety of different sounds, many of them quite unlike any that occur in
well-known languages. Peter Ladefoged rightly earned his reputation as one
of the worlds leading linguists, and students benefitted from his
accessible writing and skill in communicating ideas. The third edition of
his engaging introduction to phonetics has now been fully updated to
reflect the latest trends in the field. It retains Peter Ladefoged's expert
writing and knowledge, and combines them with Sandra Ferrari Disners
essential updates on topics including speech technology. "Vowels and
Consonants" explores a wide range of topics, including the main forces
operating on the sounds of languages; the acoustic, articulatory, and
perceptual components of speech; and the inner workings of the most modern
text-to-speech systems and speech recognition systems in use today. The
third edition is supported by an accompanying website featuring new data,
and even more reproductions of the sounds of a wide variety of languages,
to reinforce learning and bring the descriptions to life, at