"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.
This volume represents the most complete compilation to date of vocabulary in the Erromangan (or Sye) language of southern Vanuatu, along with an English-Erromangan finderlist. The introduction provides relevant background to enable the reader to make maximum use of information contained within dictionary entries, as well as discussing relevant grammatical and sociolinguistic information. The dictionary also includes separate discussions of personal names and names of places in the Erromangan language.
This volume is intended as a supplement to _An Erromangan (Sye) grammar_ (University of Hawai'i Press) by the same author, as well as _Ura: a disappearing language of Southern Vanuatu_ (Pacific Linguistics), which is a description of the most closely related language.