"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.
Data papers on Papua New Guinea languages, volume 51
This is the first description of Vitu, an Oceanic Austronesian language
spoken on islands northwest of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. A
first-order member of the Meso-Melanesian linkage, Vitu is a conservative
Oceanic language showing many typical Oceanic features such as dual
pronouns, a complex possessive system, prenominal articles, reduplication
and verb serialisation. Vitu is unusual in its lack of the phoneme /s/, the
absence of classifiers, the presence of a clear morphological passive and
the widespread and multifaceted use of tense-aspect-sequentiality markers.
The grammar is thoroughly data-driven and includes two interlinearised folk
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