"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.
This book presents the first comprehensive survey of the languages of the
Pacific rim, a vast region containing the greatest typological and genetic
diversity in the world. As its languages decline and disappear, sometimes
without trace, this rich linguistic heritage is rapidly eroding.
Distinguished scholars report on the current state of the region's
languages. Their analyses range from the regional to the local and focus on
languages in a wide variety of social and ecological settings. Together
they make a compelling case for research throughout the region, and show
how and where this needs to be done.