"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 pleased to announce that PWPL 8.1, "Proceedings of the 25th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium", is now available.
ANNE ABEILLE, LIONEL CLEMENT AND ALEXANDRA KINYON. The TALANA treebank for French.
DOMINIKA BARAN. English loanwords in Polish and the question of gender assignment.
SABRINA BENDJABALLAH AND MARTIN HAIDEN. Templatic inflection in German.
WI-VUN TAIFFALO CHIUNG. Tone change in Taiwanese: Age and geographic factors.
SHUKI COHEN. A computerized scale for monitoring levels of agreement during a conversation.
PAOLA ESCUDERO AND PAUL BOERSMA. Modelling the perceptual development of phonological contrasts with Optimality Theory and the Gradual Learning Algorithm.
ANDREA GUALMINI, SIMONA MACIUKAITE AND STEPHEN CRAIN. Children's insensitivity to contrastive stress in sentences with 'only'.
NORBERT HORNSTEIN AND HIROHISA KIGUCHI. PRO Gate and movement
JOO-PHIL KIM. t-Palatalization and hypercorrection in the Korean central dialect.
MARIANA LAMBOVA. On the interaction multiple (non) wh-fronting and multiple topicalization in Bulgarian.
REIKO MAKINO. Pragmatic analysis of Japanese koto and no.
BRIAN D. MCHUGH. Sonority sequencing and optimal syllable structure in one Philadelphian's polysyllabic /ae/-tensing pattern.
GEORGE SMITH. On the distribution of the genitive attribute and its prepositional counterpart in Modern Standard German.
GIANLUCA STORTO. Agreement in Masai and the syntax of possessive DPs (I).
MEGHAN SUMNER. A psycholinguistic approach to abstractness: The case of Hebrew.
YAPING TSAI. The semantic difference between Chinese quan and dou.
SUSI WURMBRAND. Agree: The other VP-internal subject hypothesis.
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