"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.
From 2013 on, Biolinguistics publishes articles, briefs, and other contributions as soon as they are ready. We will thus add continuously to the contents of volume 7. At present, this volume looks as follows.
Biolinguistics Vol 7 (2013) Table of Contents
Third Factors and the Performance Interface in Language Design Andreas Trotzke, Markus Bader & Lyn Frazier (1-34)
The Talking Neanderthals: What do Fossils, Genetics and Archeology Say? Sverker Johansson (35-74)
What Connects Biolinguistics and Biosemiotics? Prisca Augustyn (96-111)
A statistical investigation into the crosslinguistic distribution of mass and count nouns: morphosyntactic and semantic perspectives Ritwik Kulkarni, Susan Rothstein & Alessandro Treves (132-168)
Syntactic theory and the evolution of syntax Brady Clark (169-197)
The Creative Aspect of Language Use and the Implications for Linguistic Science Eran Asoulin (228-248)
Biolinguistics or Physicolinguistics? Is The Third Factor Helpful Or Harmful In Explaining Language? Sverker Johansson (249-275)
Genetic Factors and Normal Variation in the Organization of Language Roeland Hancock & Thomas G. Bever (75-95)
Review of the 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang9) Christophe Coupé, Lan Shuai & Tao Gong (112-131)
Erratum The Editors (198)
Disentangling the Neanderthal Net: A Comment on Johansson (2013) Lluís Barcelo-Coblijn & Antonio Benítez-Burraco (199-216)
Neanderthals Between Man and Beast: A comment on the comments of Barceló-Coblijn & Benítez-Burraco (2013) Sverker Johansson (217-227)