"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.
A brand new title for the Modern Grammars series to add to the existing
European Languages and to the forthcoming Japanese title. The grammar will
present Chinese as spoken in the People's Republic of China (specifically,
that spoken around Beijing) and give all examples in simplified characters,
traditional characters, romanization (pinyin) and in translation. It will
follow the series structure (two parts - one for grammar structures, one
for functions), with an accompanying workbook. Linguistic jargon will be
kept to a minimum throughout. We will also be creating an accompanying
homepage for the workbook with additional exercises (and a reporting system
enabling students to send their results to their tutors); this we hope will
go further to enhance the performance of the workbook.