"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.
Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, Volume 1 Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian
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This is the introductory volume to the first dictionary on the etymological
relations between ancient Egyptian and other Afro-Asiatic languages.
Gábor Takács’ new multi-volume Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian (now to
appear at regular intervals of about 12-18 months) will be a hallmark in
Egyptian and Afro-Asiatic linguistics. The amount of material offered, the
extensive treatment of scholarly discussions on each item, and the insights
into the connections of Egyptian with its related Afro-Asiatic languages,
including many new lexical parallels, will make it an indispensable tool
for comparative and interpretative purposes and the unchallenged starting
point for every linguist in the field.
Volume 1, the opening volume of the dictionary, can rightly be called the
key to the work; it not only provides the users with a comprehensive
analysis of the Afro-Asiatic background of the Egyptian consonant system,
but also offers a critical appraisal of linguistic theories on Egyptian
historical phonology, the problems surrounding the origins of the Egyptian
language, and an extensive bibliography to the dictionary volumes to appear.