"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 Concise Historical Grammar of the Albanian Language
This book deals with the historical development of the Albanian language
from prehistoric times to our days. The main focus of the book is the
reconstruction of Proto-Albanian, the analysis of its relations to its
ancestor, Indo-European, and its further change leading to Albanian in its
present form. The volume contains a detailed description of historical
phonetics and morphology of Albanian. The reader will also find important
data on the Albanian vocabulary in its historical development.
Together with the author's Albanian Etymological Dictionary, the present
book makes a powerful research tool important for Albanologists,
Balkanologists and historical linguists.