"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.
Approaches to Arabic Dialects
A Collection of Articles presented to Manfred Woidich on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday
This volume brings together 22 contributions to the study of Arabic
dialects, from the Maghreb to Iraq by authors, who are all well-known for
their work in this field. It underscores the importance of different
theoretical approaches to the study of dialects, developing new frameworks
for the study of variation and change in the dialects, while presenting new
data on dialects (e.g., of Jaffa, Southern Sinai, Nigeria, South Morocco
and Mosul) and cross-dialectal comparisons (e.g., on the feminine gender
and on relative clauses). This collection is presented to Manfred Woidich,
one of the most eminent scholars in the field of Arabic dialectology.