"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.
Fifty years ago Joseph Greenberg put forward the now widely accepted
classification of African languages. This book charts the progress of his
subsequent work on language classification in Oceania, the Americas, and
Eurasia,in which he proposed the language families Indo-Pacific, Amerind
and Eurasiatic. It shows how he established and deployed three fundamental
principles: that the most reliable evidence for genetic classification is
the pairing of sound and meaning; that nonlinguistic evidence, such as skin
colour or cultural traits, should be excluded from the analysis; and that
the vocabulary and inflections of a very large number of languages should
be simultaneously compared. The volume includes Joseph Greenberg's
substantive contributions to the debate his work provoked and concludes
with his writings on the links between genetic linguistics and human history.
William Croft's introduction focuses on the substance and the development
of Professor Greenberg's thought and research within the context of the
discussion they stimulated. He also includes a bibliography of scholarly
reactions to and developments of Joseph Greenberg's work and a
comprehensive bibliography of his publications in books and journals.