"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.
Penn Working Papers in Linguistics is happy to announce that PWPL 9.2, "Papers from NWAV 31", is now available.
Helene Blondeau. The old nous and the new nous: A comparison of 19th and 20th Century spoken uebec French.
Richard Cameron. Three Puerto Rican Spanish variables as texts on aging and gendering.
Anne Harper Charity. Range of dialect in the formal speech of African-American elementary school children.
Eve V. Clark. Critical periods, time, and practice.
Cecilia Cutler. The authentic speaker revisited: A look at ethnic perception data from white hip hoppers.
Chad Howe and Scott A. Schwenter. Present perfect for preterite across Spanish dialects.
Thomas A. Klinger. Language labels and language use among Cajuns and Creoles in Louisiana.
Andrew Koontz-Garboden. Spanish progressive aspect in stochastic OT.
Manfred A. Krug. (Great) vowel shifts present and past: Meeting ground for structural and natural phonologists.
Kenjiro Matsuda. Constant Rate Hypothesis, age-grading, and apparent time construct.
Beckie Moriello and Walt Wolfram. New dialect formation in the rural South: Emerging Hispanic English varieties in the mid-Atlantic.
Aaron Shield. The 64 million dollar vowel: Anglo pronunciation of a Spanish last name in Texas.
Rena Torres Cacoullos and Jessie Elana Aaron. Determiner variation with English-origin nouns in New Mexican Spanish: Borrowing bare forms.
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