"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.
This book presents the first comprehensive study of Dime, an endangered
Omotic language spoken by about 5400 speakers in south-west Ethiopia. The
study presents analysis of the phonology, morphology and syntax of the
language as well as a sample of ten texts and an extensive word list.
The author identifies a number of interesting comparative and typological
phenomena. These include a series of uvular and velar fricatives which have
not been reported in related languages. Dime has a two-way grammatical
gender distinction and a special plural-agreement, both manifested on
modifying categories. Rather than inflecting the same base pronoun-forms
for various cases, as is common in other Omotic languages, Dime uses
distinct subject pronoun sets that are formally different from object,
dative and other pronoun types. Phrasal word-order is flexible; there is
also a degree of flexibility in marking grammatical morphemes such as
number, definiteness and case which may be marked either on the head noun
or on the modifier or on both. Sentence-type distinction between
interrogative and declarative clauses is partly expressed through morpheme
reduction on the verb. That is, in the declarative, person-agreement
morphemes are obligatory whereas these must be dropped in the
interrogative. These and a number of other issues discussed in the study
make the work interesting for specialists on Omotic and Afroasiatic studies
as well as to general linguists interested in language typology.