"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 comprehensive book provides a detailed description of the major
syntactic structures of Chichewa. Assuming no prior knowledge of current
theory, it covers topics such as relative clause and question formation,
interactions between tone and syntactic structure, aspects of clause
structure such as complementation, and phonetics and phonology. It also
provides a detailed account of argument structure, in which the role of
verbal suffixation is examined. Sam Mchombo's description is supplemented
by observations about how the study of African languages, specifically
Bantu languages, has contributed to progress in grammatical theory,
including the debates that have raged within linguistic theory about the
relationship between syntax and the lexicon, and the contributions of
African linguistic structure to the evaluation of competing grammatical
theories. Clearly organised and accessible, The Syntax of Chichewa will be
an invaluable resource for students interested in linguistic theory and how
it can be applied to a specific language.