"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.
Written by an international assembly of distinguished linguists, The
Handbook of Japanese Linguistics brings together the fundamental areas of linguistic inquiry into the Japanese language. These include major theoretical developments in phonology and syntax as well as interface areas involving syntax, semantics and morphology. The volume also explores important topics such as psycholinguistic research, ranging from first language acquisition to sentence processing, as well as discourse analysis and sociological aspects of the Japanese language. Each chapter contains an overview of the topic, current concerns, and future directions. This handbook is ideal for those who are familiar with the topic at the basic level and wish to investigate it in more detail, but can also be used as a language-specific and typological reference.
Notes on Contributors.
1. Accent: Shosuke Haraguchi (University of Tsukuba).
2. Mora and Syllable: Haruo Kubozono (Kobe University).
3. The Phonological Lexicon: Junko Itô and Armin Mester (both University of
California at Santa Cruz).
4. Variationist Sociolinguistics: Junko Hibiya (Keio University).
5. Scrambling: Naoko Nemoto (Mt Holyoke College).
6. Reflexives: Takako Aikawa (Microsoft).
7. Passives: Hiroto Hoshi (School of Oriental and African Studies).
8. Causatives: Shigeru Miyagawa (MIT).
9. uantification and wh-Constructions: Taisuke Nishigauchi (Kobe Shoin
10. Word Formation: Taro Kageyama (Kwansei Gakuin University).
11. Tense and Aspect: Toshiyuki Ogihara (University of Washington).
12. Lexical Semantics: Natsuko Tsujimura (Indiana University).
13. First Language Acquisition: Yukio Otsu (Keio University).
14. Sentence Processing: Mineharu Nakayama (Ohio State University).
15. Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics: Senko Maynard (Rutgers University).
16. Sociolinguistics: Honorifics and Gender Differences: Sachiko Ide and
Megumi Yoshida (Japan Women's University).