"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.
Arabic Morphology and Phonology
Based on the Marāḥ al-arwāh by Aḥmad b. ‘Aī b. Mas‘ūd
This volume presents a comprehensive study of Arabic morpho-phonology with
its basics and intricacies, by making available a wide range of material
from the 8th century A.D. until our days and exploring the main topics that
arise. It uses as its point of departure an unused source: the end of the
13th century Marāḥ al-arwāh by Aḥmad b. ‘alī Mas‘ūd, which is critically
edited and provided with an introduction, an English translation and an
extensive commentary. It offers an analysis of many grammatical theories,
paradigms, qur'anical citations, verses of poetry, dialectal variants and
Semitic words and concludes with various indices that make the enormous
body of information easily accessible.