"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.
This volume is a new compendium of Albanian etymology tracing thousands of
modern Albanian words back to their origins. It contains detailed
information on the Indo-European vocabulary preserved in Albanian as well
as on numerous loanwords coming from ancient Greek, Latin, early Romance
The ancient elements of the Albanian vocabulary are used for the
reconstruction of their Proto-Albanian origin and then compared with their
Indo-European parallels. The history of Indo-European words and of early
loanwords in Albanian shows the history and culture of the Albanian people
reflected in the etymology of the Albanian language.
The book also includes a short sketch of Albanian historical phonetics and
a vast bibliography. Every entry is extensively documented and contains
earlier etymological explanations and interpretations.