"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.
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 8: Uralic & Central Asian Studies
This comparative and etymological dictionary of the more than fifty
languages traditionally classified as Altaic is arguably the most
comprehensive, systematic work as yet on the subject. Subdivided into five
branches: Turkic, Mongolian, Tungus-Manchu, Korean and Japanese, it deals
with the entire Altaic family. The introduction contains a detailed account
of the phonetic correspondences between Altaic languages, as well as their
morphological and lexical characteristics. The body of the dictionary
presents almost 3000 lexical matches between different subgroups of Altaic,
with Proto-Altaic reconstructions and detailed reflexes in ancient and
modern languages. Wherever possible comments are given to distinguish
between inherited vocabulary and various later interlingual borrowings.
With detailed indices for each language. A true reference work of great