"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.
Sicol: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics
This volume contains most of the papers presented at the Second International Conference on Oceanic linguistics session on language contact. The papers range far afield, but the bulk are about the Pacific and in particular Melanesia, the part of the region with the greatest linguistic diversity and a rich history of language contact. The topics relate to: Fiji Hindi (David Tayo language of New Caledonia (Chris Corne), Belizean creole (Genevieve Escure), Singapore Colloquial English (Anthea Fraser Gupta), French Antillean creoles (William Jennings), Melanesian pidgins and creoles (Ernest W. Lee), Bislama ( Miriam Meyerhoff), South Indian languages in Fiji (France Mugler), language use and attitudes in Fiji (France Mugler and Jan Tent) and the language of adolescent first language Tok Pisin speakers (Geoff P. Smith).