"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.
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1: The Near and Middle East
This volume is the first comprehensive and systematic description of the
dialect geography of the Arabic language which investigates the methods and
insights developed in the European context and how these can be applied to
the domain of Arabic. It also deals briefly with the problems of the
historical development of the modern Arabic dialects. With the help of 112
maps it examines topics such as types of maps, interpretation of maps,
areal norms and their significance for Arabic and defining dialect borders.
For the first time dialectometrical procedures are applied to Arabic
dialects. It can be used as a practical introduction into Arabic dialect
geography because in addition it discusses extensively methods of designing
dialect geography maps a investigational techniques in the field.