"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.
Nyikina paradigms and refunctionalization: A cautionary tale in morphological reconstruction Claire Bowern 7–24
Third-person possessive suffixes as definite articles in Semitic John Huehnergard and Na'ama Pat-El 25–51
Embedding Papiamentu in the mixed language debate Bart Jacobs 52–82
Mechanisms of language change in a functional system: The recent semantic evolution of English future time expressions Nadja Nesselhauf 83–132
The Verbal Complex in Subordinate Clauses from Medieval to Modern German by Christopher D. Sapp Reviewed by Evie Coussé 133–139
Historical Linguistics 2007: Selected Papers from the 18th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Montreal, 6–11 August 2007 ed. by Monique Dufresne, Fernande Dupuis & Etleva Vocaj Reviewed by Dag T.T. Haug 140–146
Loanwords in Japanese by Mark Irwin Reviewed by David J. Iannucci 147–151