"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.
Maria Angélica Furtado da Cunha Complements of verbs of utterance and thought in Brazilian Portuguese narratives 3
Stefania Marin Romanian ‘blended’ vowels: A production model of incomplete neutralization 35
Flaviane Fernandes-Svartman, Maria Bernadete M. Abaurre, Verónica A. González-López & Marta C. C. Bianchi Secondary stress, intensity and fundamental frequency in Brazilian Portuguese 51
Book reviews Ana Luísa Costa Ackerlind, S. & R. Jones-Kellogg, Portuguese. A Reference Manual. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011 69
João Paulo Silvestre Otto Zwartjes, Portuguese missionary grammars in Asia, Africa and Brazil, 1550-1800 (Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science. Series III, Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 117). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2011 75
Dissertation abstract Shashikanta Tarai Phonological Nativization of Arabic, Portuguese and English Loanwords in Odia 79