"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 Linguistic History of Arabic presents a reconstruction of proto-Arabic by
the methods of historical-comparative linguistics. It challenges the
traditional conceptualization of an old, Classical language evolving into
the contemporary Neo-Arabic dialects.
Professor Owens combines established comparative linguistic methodology
with a careful reading of the classical Arabic sources, such as the
grammatical and exegetical traditions. He arrives at a richer and more
complex picture of early Arabic language history than is current today and
in doing so establishes the basis for a comprehensive, linguistically-based
understanding of the history of Arabic. The arguments are set out in a
concise, case by case basis, making it accessible to students and scholars
of Arabic and Islamic culture, as well as to those studying Arabic and