"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.
The Neve'ei language is a member of the Oceanic subgroup of the
Austronesian language family. It is spoken in the village of Vinmavis on
the west coast of the island of Malakula in the Republic of Vanuatu in the
southwestern Pacific. It is estimated that there are approximately 500
primary speakers of Neve'ei and around 750 speakers in total.
The aim of this work is to present a description of the phonology,
morphology and syntax of the Neve'ei language by providing clear statements
with appropriate linguistic examples. A synchronic approach is taken with
no attempt being made to focus on earlier stages of the history of related
languages. Likewise, no attempt is made to focus on linguistic theory or on
comparisons of Neve'ei with related languages. However, references to other
Oceanic languages and other studies are made where these seem to be
particularly relevant to the description of Neve'ei.