"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.
Arabic Literature of Africa, Volume 1 The Writings of Eastern Sudanic Africa to c. 1900
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1: The Near and Middle East 13
Eventually to be completed in six volumes, Arabic Literature of
Africa will provide a survey of Muslim authors writing in Arabic in
Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa and a bibliography of their works. Falling
within the tradition of the great works of Brockelmann and Sezgin, it will
form a basic reference tool for the study of Arabic writing in areas of the
African Islamic world that fall outside the parameters of these works.
While primarily a work of reference, it will also attempt to provide an
outline of the intellectual history of Muslim societies in the areas it
covers: the Nile valley, East Africa and the Horn of Africa, West Africa
and the western Sahara, from earliest times to the present. The first
volume covers Eastern Sudanic Africa (mainly the modern Sudan) until
approximately 1900. It comprises twelve chapters organised by theme or
period and aims to present as complete a coverage as the present state of
our knowledge will allow.