"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 Makwe presents a detailed description of a hitherto largely
undocumented Bantu language spoken in the North of Mozambique. Historically
speaking, Makwe is the outcome of a long-standing contact between Makonde
as spoken in the interior of Tanzania and Mozambique and Swahili as spoken
along the East African coast. This grammar treats Makwe phonology, the
morphology of nouns, verbs and minor word categories, the semantics of
verbal conjugations, and different syntactic topics. A rich collection of
texts is offered at the end. Throughout the work, the linguistic analyses
are abundantly illustrated with natural speech examples. Of special
interest are the so-called conjoint and disjoint verb forms and modifiers
which present a striking example of an interface between phonology,
morphology, syntax and pragmatics.