"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.
Ku Waru Language and Segmentary Politics in the Western Nebilyer Valley, Papua New Guinea
Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language, 10
The highlanders of New Guinea are renowned for their elaborate systems of
ceremonial exchange. Although much has been written about them, previous
accounts have concentrated far less on the conduct of exchange events than
on the structure of exchange systems. This book deals centrally with the
conduct of particular exchange events, and shows through examination of
them how larger social structures are reproduced and transformed. As part
of the emphasis on exchange as social action, the book closely examines the
oratory that plays a crucial part in the events. Basing their study on
original fieldwork carried out in the Nebilyer Valley, Francesca Merlan and
Alan Rumsey focus on an inter related set of large-scale compensation
payments which arose out of an episode of warfare. This cycle is
particularly remarkable, as women stopped the fighting, and participated
for the first time as transactors and orators in the ensuing exchange
events. This book furthers our understanding of the interaction between
social structures and historical events; and particularly of the crucial
role of talk. It will be of special interest to anthropologists and linguists.
"The writing admirably combines detailed ethnography, clear summaries of
the state of the Melanesianist field, and the broader theoretical
implications of their work. Ethnography at its best." Social & Behavioral