"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.
An ethnography of Oykangand kinship and communication,
This book examines the interface between language and kinship in the
Australian Aboriginal language Kunjen which is spoken in the Cape York
region of northern Queensland. The author shows that kinship relations play
a major role in determining the kinds of linguistic interactions that are
appropriate for different groups of individuals. The social meaning of
utterances depends more than anything else on kinship and one's kin
relations with those one communicates with. The rules of interpretation
used by Kunjen speakers to mediate kinship and language are as complex and
as pervasive as the grammatical rules of the language itself, and help to
reveal aspects of linguistic structure that might not otherwise be obvious.
Conversely, kinship structures can be illuminated, if not revealed, by the
study of language use.