"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.
This volume forms part of a ground breaking series of nine books that emerged from a five-year research project (EUROTYP) sponsored by the European Science Foundation (ESF). It is the only volume in the series that deals with phonology and its specific topic is the word accentual (or word stress) systems of European languages. A milestone in phonetic and phonological research, this volume contains two types of studies. The first six chapters are thematic in nature, addressing specific aspects of the phenomenon of word accentuation. Chapter 1 offers a 90 page general background to the study of word accent and to the theoretical perspective that most chapters share. The second half of the volume contains extensive and new case studies of the word prosodic systems of a great number of individual languages or language families. Chapter 7 previews, summarizes and compares the accent systems presented in these case studies and also fills in a number of gaps by briefly sketching the accentual type of a few representatives of families or subfamilies that do not fall within the scope of a separate chapter. This unique collection brings together some of the finest experts in the study of word accentuation, striking a balance between extensive data presenta-tion and sophisticated theoretical analysis.