"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 collection of articles takes up the issue of Contact Morphology raised
by David Wilkins in 1996. In the majority of contact-related studies,
morphology is at best a marginal topic. According to the extant borrowing
hierarchies, bound morphology is copied only rarely, if at all, because
morphological copies presuppose long-term intensive contact with prior
massive borrowing of content words and function words. On the other hand,
especially in studies of morphological change, contact is often identified
as the decisive factor which triggers the disintegration of morphological
systems. However, it remains to be seen whether these two standard
treatments of morphology in contact situations exhaust the phenomenology of
The 14 papers of the present volume shed new light on the behavior of
morphology under the conditions of language contact. Fresh empirical data
from 40 languages world-wide are presented and new theory-based concepts
are discussed. "Morphologies in Contact" is a first in the history of both
morphology and language contact studies. It is meant to mark the beginning
of an international research program which explores the entire range of
aspects connected to morphologies in contact and thus, paves the way for a
full-blown Contact Morphology qua linguistic discipline.