"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.
A Grammar of Mualang
An Ibanic Language of Western Kalimantan, Indonesia
Mualang is a Malayic(-Dayak) language spoken in the interior of western
Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia. Given the relatively large number of
speakers (approximately 40,000 people), and due to its fairly isolated
geography and some well-maintained socio-cultural traditions, the study of
the language considerably broadens our knowledge of the Ibanic language
family and the Malayic language group in general. Western Borneo has been
posited as a possible homeland-candidate of Proto Malayic speakers.
Therefore, linguistic contributions about inland languages in areas such as
that of the Mualang language and people will provide Austronesian linguists
with more information regarding this issue.
This study presents a full descriptive account of the grammar of Mualang,
covering the major features of phonology and morphosyntax as well as issues
related to pragmatics. This grammar is the result of a combination of
textual analysis, elicitation and participant observation. The grammar is
supplemented by word lists and an extensive collection of glossed and