"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 book provides the first exhaustive cross-linguistic typological study
of how languages deal with the marking of information source: in particular
those languages in which every statement must contain a specification of
the type of evidence on which it is based: for example, whether the speaker
saw it, or heard it, or inferred it from indirect evidence, or learnt it
from someone else. Examples are drawn from over 500 languages from all over
the world. This important book on an intriguing subject will interest
anthropologists, cognitive psychologists and philosophers, as well as