"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.
Creoles and educational policy Reviewed by Patrick-André Mather 1 – 11
Serial Verb Constructions in Indian Ocean French Creoles (IOCs): Substrate, universal, or an independent diachronic development? Anand Syea 13 – 64
Quiero para mi novio : Aspectual uses of para in Paraguayan Spanish Maura Velázquez-Castillo and Mary Hudgens Henderson 65 – 102
Slang registers, code-switching and restructured urban varieties in South Africa: An analytic overview of tsotsitaals with special reference to the Cape Town variety Rajend Mesthrie and Ellen Hurst 103 – 130
Language Turned Off?: The legacy of the bioprogram hypothesis John McWhorter 131 – 136
TXT MSG’ing among French Reunion 18-to 25-year-olds: A pilot study of mobile-mediated communication in a diglossic context Florence Dupré 137 – 153
Reassessment of the Portuguese contribution to the Papiamentu lexicon Bart Jacobs 154 – 165
Why noncompositional derivation isn’t boring: A second try on the ‘other’ part of the Creole prototype hypothesis John McWhorter 167 – 179
Pidgin Madame. Une grammaire de la servitude. By Fida Bizri Reviewed by Peter Bakker 181 – 186
A concise grammar of Guyanese Creole (Creolese). By Hubert Devonish and Dahlia Thompson Reviewed by Shondel Nero 187 – 192
Topics in Kwa syntax. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 78. Edited by Enoch O. Aboh and James Essegbey Reviewed by George L. Huttar 193 – 197
Romani in Britain. The afterlife of a language. By Yaron Matras Reviewed by Peter Bakker 198 – 202