"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 introduction to Japanese linguistics is designed to introduce students
to all of the main areas of the subject. What makes this book distinct from
other textbooks on Japanese linguistics is that linguistics is introduced
by means of authentic texts which students might encounter in contemporary
Japan. The book covers:
*Speech sounds and sound structures
*Writing in Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana and Roman letters
*Word structures, ideograms, morphemes and compounding
Each chapter contains an explanation of the key concepts of Japanese
linguistics, followed by activities, which are designed to promote the
students' active understanding of the forms and functions of the language
in authentic texts. This textbook will be an essential introduction to
Japanese linguistics for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates,
studying either the Japanese language or linguistics.