"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.
Kukú is a previously undescribed southeastern Nilotic language of the Bari
family. It is spoken in southern Sudan and northern Uganda. Kukú has a
wide variety of verbal affixes. These affixes are involved in a number of
vowel harmony and tone assignment patterns. In this grammar sketch,
particular attention is paid to the qualitative morpheme, which functions
quite differently in Kukú than in other Nilotic languages. In Kukú its
distribution, both with respect to the verbs on which it can appear and
the aspects in which it must appear, is related to a contrast between
telicity and atelicity. If the performance of the verb has a potential
end-point, and if the aspect is completive, then these conditions are
marked by the presence of the qualitative morpheme.
The syntax section focuses on problems in the distribution of the
complementizers and in the use of two copula-like elements, one of which
is clearly verbal and the other of which is a particle. The phonological
section of this description is based on traditional elicitation from a
consultant. The morphological and syntactic sections also draw heavily
from texts of various types, ranging from traditional songs to electronic