"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.
More comprehensive, more up-to-date, and more effectively organized than any other description of the language. ... The analyses are up-to-date and insightful, and Kornfilt has done a superb job of bringing clarity to some of the most difficult parts of the language. |o Steve Seegmiller, LINGUIST Turkish is spoken by about fifty million people in Turkey and is the co-official language of Cyprus. Jacklin Kornfilt covers the language's distinct and interesting characteristics and provides a wealth of examples for almost every issue addressed, drawing from different levels of vocabulary--contemporary, old, official and colloquial--and accompanied by a detailed grammatical analysis and English translation.