"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 reference grammar of Gidar, spoken in the Northern Province of
Cameroon by some 40.000 people, contains hypotheses on the forms and
functions of its linguistic structures and supporting argumentation and
evidence. The language belongs to the Central Branch of Chadic languages,
but its phonology, morphology, and syntax differ significantly from those
of related Chadic languages and include rare or hitherto unobserved
phenomena. Gidar has fronting and rounding long distance vowel
assimilations that operate to the left and the right of the triggering
vowel. Some prepositional phrases are incorporated within the verbal piece
framed by aspectual markers. There are two tense and aspectual systems. The
focus on the verb requires the formation of a special phrase whose head is
an infinitive form of the verb with its object.