"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.
The Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics
The Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics brings together empirical and theoretical research and serves as a testing ground for the articulation of new ideas and approaches which may be grounded in a study of South Asian languages but which have universal application. In the words of the Editor-in-Chief, "other than excellence and non-isolationism, we have no agenda and no thematic priorities." This pioneering yearbook is of interest to all those in the fields of linguistics, sociolinguistics, language and speech studies, literature and sociology.
Rajendra Singh is Professor of Linguistics at the Université de Montréal, Canada.