"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.
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New journal: Indo-European Linguistics
Indo-European Linguistics (IEL) is a new, double-blind peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of the Indo-European languages from the perspective of modern linguistics. It provides a venue for synchronic or diachronic linguistic studies of the older Indo-European languages and the Indo-European family as a whole, within any theoretical or analytical framework. IEL welcomes submissions dealing with phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of the older Indo-European languages; historical studies of any of the Indo-European languages or branches, including problems related to the reconstruction of proto-Indo-European; typological investigations, including those which make use of data from non-Indo-European languages; and research which draws upon the findings of language acquisition, cognitive science, variationist sociolinguistics, or language contact. Contributions with a focus on more 'traditional' topics such as sound change or etymology, but which have ramifications for linguistic theory or general issues of language use, acquisition, and change, are likewise encouraged.
IEL will be published by Brill Academic Publishers in both print and electronic form. The electronic form will be open access for the first five years of the journal's publication. The print form will appear once per year as a volume of ca. 300 pages. The electronic version of articles will be posted as they are ready for publication.
General Editors: Joseph F. Eska (Blacksburg) Ronald Kim (Poznan)
Editorial Board: Stephen Colvin (London) Eystein Dahl (Bergen) Petra Goedegebuure (Chicago) Olav Hackstein (Munich) Götz Keydana (Göttingen) Paul Kiparsky (Stanford) Masato Kobayashi (Tokyo) Martin Kümmel (Jena) Rosemarie Lühr (Jena) H. Craig Melchert (Los Angeles) Don Ringe (Philadelphia) Michael Weiss (Ithaca)
For authors guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts and electronic submission, please direct your browser to www.brill.com/publications/journals/indo-european-linguistics.