"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 book is the first comprehensive grammar of the Udihe language, a highly endangered and previously undescribed Tungus language spoken by about 100 people in the Russian Far East. The grammar is almost unique in being a substantially complete description of a Tungus language. It is organized in the traditional way: a general introduction discussing the geo- and socio-linguistic status of the language is followed by an account of its phonology, morphology, and syntax; appended to this is a selection of texts, a thematic vocabulary, a full bibliography, and a subject index. The description is based on extensive field materials collected by the authors among native speakers of Udihe between 1989 and 1997. It is illustrated by rich empirical data in the form of sentence examples and a collection of folklore texts with glosses and English translations. Much use is made of cross-references between chapters and sections, so that relevant information can easily be found. Although the authors have drawn attention to phenomena that may be of relevance for modern linguistic theorists, the grammar is not biased towards any particular theoretical approach, and care has been taken to ensure that the terminology used is theory-independent. The book may be used as a reference grammar by scholars working within differing theoretical frameworks, and will be of special interest to students of linguistic typology.