"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.
Grammatical Replication and Borrowability in Language Contact
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The volume presents new insights into two basic theoretical issues hotly
debated in recent work on grammaticalization and language contact:
grammatical replication and grammatical borrowability. The key issues are: How
can grammatical replication be distinguished from other, superficially similar
processes of contact-induced linguistic change, and under what conditions does
it take place? Are there grammatical morphemes or constructions that are more
easily borrowed than others, and how can language contact account for areal
biases in the borrowing (vs. calquing) of grammatical formatives? The book is a
major contribution to the ongoing theoretical discussion concerning the
relationship between grammaticalization and language contact on a broad