"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 description comprises a detailed grammar sketch of the moribund Ura language of southern Vanuatu, along with a compilation of texts, as well as the author's entire lexical corpus. Given that Crowley was working with a small group of elderly speakers, it is likely that this account with represent the final word on this language. Until the 1970s, the languages of southern Vanuatu represented one of the least-known groupings of Oceanic languages, but descriptive work in the last two decades has resulted in this being one of the more comprehensively described groupings, with this description filling one of the remaining gaps in our knowledge.