"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.
A Grammar of the Fehan Dialect of Tetun, An Austronesian Language of West Timor
Tetun is an Austronesian language spoken in the central and eastern parts of the island of Timor. It is widely used throughout East Timor as a lingua franca, in addition to being a first language in some regions. this description comprises a detailed grammar of the conservative Fehan dialect, spoken near the south coast of West Timor. It is primarily based on a corpus of spoken and written texts, supplemented by elicitation and daily exposure to the language. The description covers a phonology and morphology, as well as phrase, clause and sentence-level syntax. This is the first detailed grammar of any of the dozen or so Austronesian language spoken in central and eastern Timor. It complements earlier Dutch descriptions of Dawan and Roti, spoken in West Timor and the neighbouring island of Roti respectively.