"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.
In the east-central portion of Northwest China's Qinghai Province dwell the
majority of China's Monguor (Tu) nationality, classified as one of China's
fifty-six official ethnic groups and numbering 190,000 (1990). The 37,900
Minhe Mangghuer, dwelling in Minhe Hui and Mangghuer (Tu) County, are the
second largest Monguor group.
Minhe Mangghuer (language) is of primarily Mongolic lexicon and
morphosyntax while, at the same time, exhibiting massive lexical and
phonological influences from Chinese. This collection of more than twenty
folktales are presented in the Mangghuer written system (based on a
modified pinyin system), English translation and extensive notes and
provides valuable linguistic materials on this endangered Monguor dialect
that exists nowhere else. Map, illustrations. Paperback.