"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 the Thangmi Language
With an Ethnolinguistic Introduction to the Speakers and Their Culture
This monograph is a grammar of Thangmi, an endangered Tibeto-Burman
language spoken in the districts of Dolakhā and Sindhupālcok in
central-eastern Nepal. The language is spoken by upwards of 25,000 people
belonging to an ethnic group of the same name. The Thangmi are one of
Nepal's least documented communities.
The book is comprised of three sections: a grammatical description of the
Dolakhā dialect of Thangmi, a collection of glossed oral texts and a
lexicon with relevant examples. In addition, the reader will find an
extensive ethnolinguistic introduction to the speakers and their culture.
For students and scholars of anthropology and linguistics, this study is a
compelling illustration of the interweaving of these disciplines in the
context of Himalayan studies.
With financial support of the International Institute for Asian Studies