"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.
What Bantu Child Speech Data Tells Us About the Controversial Semantics of Bantu Noun Class System
The question of semantism of Bantu nominal classes has risen and still
rises heated debates between Africanist linguists, in general, and
Bantuists, in particular. The present book, which comes back on that
exciting subject treats the question of the correlation between affixes of
classes and semantic categorization in a new perspective, that of the
language acquisition in children. It is about comparing historical data
(proto-Bantu reconstructions) and the reality of nominal class systems in
synchrony with acquisitional strategies developed by children in the
acquisition process of these systems by children.
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