"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.
Special Issue: Special Issue on Japanese Geminate Obstruents
Title: Introduction to the special issue on Japanese geminate obstruents Author(s): Haruo Kubozono pages: 303-306 DOI: 10.1007/s10831-013-9109-z
Title: Geminate judgments of English-like words by Japanese native speakers: differences in the borrowed forms of “stuff” and “tough” Author(s): Itsue Kawagoe, Akiko Takemura pages: 307-337 DOI: 10.1007/s10831-013-9105-3
Title: On the positional asymmetry of consonant gemination in Japanese loanwords Author(s): Haruo Kubozono, Hajime Takeyasu, Mikio Giriko pages: 339-371 DOI: 10.1007/s10831-013-9106-2
Title: Non-native perception and learning of the phonemic length contrast in spoken Japanese: training Korean listeners using words with geminate and singleton phonemes Author(s): Mee Sonu, Hiroaki Kato, Keiichi Tajima, Reiko Akahane-Yamada, Yoshinori Sagisaka pages: 373-398 DOI: 10.1007/s10831-013-9107-1