"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.
How are relationships established between the world’s languages? This is
one of the most topical and most controversial questions in contemporary
linguistics. The central aims of the book are to answer this question, to
cut through the controversies, and to contribute to research in distant
genetic relationships. In doing this the authors aim to: (1) show how the
methods have been employed; (2) reveal which methods, techniques, and
strategies have proven successful and which ones have proven ineffective;
(3) determine how particular language families were established; (4)
evaluate several of the most prominent and more controversial proposals of
distant genetic relationship (such as Amerind, Nostratic, Eurasiatic,
Proto-World, and others); and (5) make recommendations for practice in
future research. This book will contribute significantly to understanding
language classification in general.