"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.
Language Endangerment and Endangered Languages
Linguistic and Anthropological Studies with Special Emphasis on the Languages and Cultures of the Andean-Amazonian Border Area
Indigenous Languages of Latin America (ILLA), vol 5
The first part, Language Endangerment and Endangered Languages, deals with
issues related to language endangerment and the problems linguists and
other researchers encounter when documenting these languages, both in
general terms and with an eye on the Andean/Amazonian situation.
The second part, Specific Studies: Languages and Cultures of the
Andean-Amazonian Border Area, contains three sections. The first deals with
topics that relate to the Maku peoples and languages of Brazil (Eastern
Maku) and Colombia (Western Maku). The second section features papers that
address anthropological and grammatical issues concerning the Nambikwara
peoples and languages (Brazil). The third section discusses various other
languages in the Andean / Amazonian border area.