"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.
Languages of the Himalayas
An Ethnolinguistic Handbook of the Greater Himalayan Region containing an Introduction to the Symbiotic Theory of Language
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 2: South Asia
The survey work 'Languages of the Himalayas' provides a bird's eye view of
Himalayan languages and language communities. It also constitutes a primary
source for much new, hitherto unpublished data on several languages. The
demographic mosaic of the Himalayas today is viewed in a historical and
comparative linguistic perspective. The reader will find an outline of the
historical and prehistorical developments that have determined the modern
ethnolinguistic composition of the Himalayan region, involving various
independent linguistics stocks or language families. Maps illustrate the
distribution of language communities and trace the routes of ancient
migrations. There is an illuminating discussion of grammatical features
found in Himalayan languages.