"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.
Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language in the world, and
has a rich social, cultural and historical background. This is a
comprehensive guide to the linguistic structure of Chinese, providing an
accessible introduction to each of the key areas. It describes the
fundamentals of its writing system, its pronunciation and tonal sound
system, its morphology (how words are structured), and its syntax (how
sentences are formed) - as well as its historical development, and the
diverse ways in which it interacts with other languages. Setting the
discussion of all aspects of Chinese firmly within the context of the
language in use, Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction will be of great
benefit to learners wishing to extend their knowledge and competence in the
language, and their teachers. It will also be a useful starting point for
students of linguistics beginning work on the structure of this major world