"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.
Contents: Preface References List of abbreviations Tales of a mythical past The origin of the tribes (Cap McGee) Coyote and his daughter (Tim McGee) Coyote and his daughter (Edna Tomanada) Wolf and Coyote hunting (Edna Tomanada) Wolf's Son (Edna Tomanada) Fox and Cottontail (Giant Bird) (Tim McGee) The Bear and his two wives (Tim McGee) Bear's instructions for the sweat lodge (Tim McGee) The children and the woman turned into stone (Tim McGee) Tales and songs of human life Yellow Land - a song (Tim McGee) Song of a woman - Married in a strange place (Tim McGee) Song of the Supai woman (Tim McGee) A man wants another wife (Tim McGee) Trouble with mother-in-law (Tim McGee) The torn coyote shawl (Tim McGee) The reluctant suitor (Cap McGee) Lullaby (Tim McGee) Oral histories The early years of the life of Tim McGee Tim McGee's life - long version The life of Kate Crozier, as told by himself