"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 reference on noun declensions in
Modern Irish. Whereas traditional descriptions of noun inflection are
notoriously complex and filled with exceptions and irregularities, this
reference guide provides a systematic and straightforward characterization
of nominal paradigms, which also captures important generalizations about
the inflection of nouns. Andrew Carnie proposes ten declension classes
instead of the traditional five and separates off seven major types of
plural formation. He provides fully inflected paradigms for 1200 nouns, and
a reference list of 10,000 Irish nouns annotated with their new declension
class, their plural type and the form of the genitive singular and common
case (nominative) plural. The book also includes parallel information on
the inflection of adjectives and prepositions.
This unique reference tool will be invaluable not only to language
researchers and authors, but to teachers and students of the language,
whether they are native speakers or beginners.