"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.
Areal and Genetic Factors in Language Classification
This is intended to be a collection of papers the origin of which is the set of lectures given by selected scholars from different Universities of Europe at Charles University in Prague in 1997-1998 on present-day problems of language classification and description, with particular attention to Africa. In these lectures, particular attention is paid to languages, language families/or branches and areas the status of which still remains to some extent open to discussion, despite years of more or less concentrated and concerted efforts. Several lectures are devoted to problematic languages, language branches, families and areas of Africa south of the Sahara, which is a region where even today open options in language classification and description remain almost as frequent as cases of the firmly and reliably established ones. This volume is based on genuine experience in describing the languages concerned. This volume does not intend to re-open the past confrontations between the genetic and the areal approach to language classification and description, but - rather - to face the new opportunities in their combined efforts, as they can be illustrated on data from problematic dialects, languages, vs. language families and areas.