"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.
This is the most comprehensive account of Catalan phonology ever published.
Catalan is a Romance language, occupying a position somewhere between
French, Spanish, and Italian. It is the first language of six and a half
million people in the northeastern Spain and of the peoples of Andorra,
French Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and a small region of Sardinia. Dr
Wheeler describes Barcelona pronunciation and the major varieties of
western Catalonia, Valencia, and Majorca, and considers social and
The author's approach is through a clear, pragmatic version of orthodox
Optimality Theory and is informed by close attention to articulatory
phonetics. He includes a substantial account of post-lexical (phrasal)
phonology and has designed his approach to be of maximum use to those
seeking either to understand the phonology and morphology of Catalan and
its varieties or to set these within a comparative or typological
perspective. After an introduction to the varieties of Catalan the author
devotes chapters to segment inventories; syllable structure; phrasal
phonology; coda voicing; coda place; cluster reduction; epenthesis; stress
and prosody; word phonology and allomorphy; and the syllabification of
pronominal clitics. The book is fully referenced and contains a
comprehensive bibliography. It is likely to be the standard account of its
subject for many years.