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"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

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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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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.

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Title: Expression de la méronymie dans les petites annonces immobilières: comparaison français/anglais/espagnol
Author: Anne Condamines
Institution: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Cet article s'intéresse aux modes d'expression de la méronymie dans les petites annonces immobilières en français/anglais/espagnol. Il met en évidence une utilisation très proche de avec, with et con dans ce genre textuel, pour exprimer cette relation, et propose des pistes pour expliquer cette similarité: étymologie (la préposition introduit dans les trois langues une notion de proximité), contamination linguistique (influence entre langues), similarité de situation: nécessité de mettre en saillance un objet pour le valoriser, fonctionnement cognitif: possibilité de mettre en valeur un objet en insistant sur ses parties originales. L'étude comparative est réalisée à partir d'un corpus comportant 100 petites annonces pour chaque langue.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 19, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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