"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.
Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region, Volume 4, A Grammar of Kulung
This book is the first description of Kulung, a complex-pronominalising
Kiranti (Tibeto-Burman) language spoken in eastern Nepal. It contains the
phonology, morphology, and syntax as well as sample texts, verbal
paradigms, and a Kulung-English lexicon. The data presented here were
collected during four field trips which the author undertook to Nepal
between 1992 and 1995. This grammar of Kulung is an exhaustive reference
work for Tibeto-Burman linguistics, language typology, and linguistic
theory. With financial support of the International Institute for Asian
Studies ( http://www.iias.nl).