"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 FROM THE CHAIR OF THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE by Mark l. Louden pp 1-3
METRICAL EVIDENCE FOR SUBORDINATE STRESS IN OLD ENGLISH by Geoffrey Russom pp 39-64
WH-EXPLETIVES AND SECONDARY PREDICATION: GERMAN PARTIAL WH-MOVEMENT RECONSIDERED by Claudia Felser pp 5-38
Sprachliche Anpassung: Eine Soziolinguistisch-dialektologische Untersuchung zum Rußlanddeutschen. By Nina Berend. (Studien zur deutschen Sprache, 14.) Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1998. Pp. x, 253. Paper. DM 68.00. reviewed by Kerstin Somerholter pp 65-67
Sprachwandel und Sprachmischung im Jiddischen. By Eckhard Eggers. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1998. Pp. 494. Paper. DM 118.00. reviewed by Neil G. Jacobs pp 68-77
Untersuchungen zur älteren nordischen und germanischen Sprachgeschichte. By Ottar Gr⊘nvik. (Osloer Beiträge zur Germanistik, 18.) Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1998. Pp. 178. Paper. $37.50. reviewed by James E Cathey pp 78-83
Phonology and morphology of the Germanic languages. Edited by Wolfgang Kehrein and Richard Wiese. (Linguistische Arbeiten, 386.) Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1998. Pp. viii, 298. Paper. DM 146,00. reviewed by Robert W. Murray pp 83-88
Deutsche Syntax deklarativ: Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar für das Deutsche. By Stefan Müller. (Linguistische Arbeiten, 394.) Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1999. Pp. xiii, 486. Paper. DM 186.00. reviewed by John Nerbonne pp 88-96