"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.
Uzbek Islamic Debates: Texts, Translations, and Commentary
The aim of this study is to present a body of Uzbek-language texts with
English translations selected from audio and graphic sources that represent
an example of the Islamic debates taking place among Uzbeks since 1991. The
text is divided as follows: Historical Introduction; Part I: Lectures of
the Islamic Reformers, Part II: A Quasi-Official Response to Christian
Missionaries; Part III: Political Polemics and Official Rebuttal; Part IV:
Islamic Philosophical Thought and the Akromism Controversy; Part V: The
Rhetoric of Exile and Insurgency; Bibliography; and Index. All four parts
start with an introduction, follow by original Uzbek text that was scanned
or re-keyed, and English translation.