"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.
Signed language users can draw on a range of articulators when expressing
linguistic messages, including the hands, torso, eye gaze, and mouth.
Sometimes these articulators work in tandem to produce one lexical item
while in other instances they operate to convey different types of
information simultaneously. Over the past fifteen years, there has been a
growing interest in the issue of simultaneity in signed languages. However,
this book is the first to offer a comprehensive treatment of this topic,
presenting a collection of papers dealing with different aspects of
simultaneity in a range of related and unrelated signed languages, in
descriptive and cross-linguistic treatments which are set in different
theoretical frameworks. This volume has relevance for those interested in
sign linguistics, in teaching and learning signed languages, and is also
highly recommended to anyone interested in the fundamental underpinnings of
human language and the effects of signed versus spoken modality.