"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.
Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives on Contact Languages
This collection of selected conference papers from three SPCL meetings
brings together a cross-fertilization of approaches to the study of contact
languages. The articles are grouped into three coherent sections dealing
with, respectively, phonetics and phonology, including Optimality Theory;
synchronic analyses of both morphology and syntax; and diachronic tracings
of language change, with special focus on sound patterns as well as
semantics. An added value of the volume is that most of the articles are in
various ways significant for more than one linguistic subgrouping, and
there is a significant overlap of interests; the sections also cover
sociolinguistic subjects, give both theoretical and functional linguistic
analyses of language data, and discuss issues of grammaticalization. Thus,
in discussing a number of issues relevant far beyond the study of pidgin
and creole languages, as well as providing a wealth of linguistic data,
this volume also contributes to the broader field of linguistics in general.