"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.
The Merei language is spoken by about four hundred people in the villages
of Angoru, Navele, Tombet and Vusvogo in the interior of Espiritu Santo
Island , Vanuatu . Merei, like most other languages from the interior of
Espiritu Santo , has not previously been described. Merei is an SVO
language with many typical Oceanic features such as a split between
alienable and inalienable possession and frequent verb serialisation.
Morphological structure is relatively simple, but bi-morphemic nouns are
common. The language is rigidly head-marking and prepositional. This work
is mainly based on language data collected by the author in Navele village
in Espiritu Santo Island of Vanuatu, where he lived from May 1995 until