"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.
Ritual Texts of the Last Traditional Practitioners of Nanwang Puyuma
Since 1983, Josiane Cauquelin has been engaged in an ethnographic study of
Puyuma society and cultural traditions. This research led her to
investigate their religious practices in greater depth and allowed her to
record ritual texts from both male and female officiants. She rapidly came
to understand, however, that to proceed with shamanistic studies she had to
analyze the ritual language. Her first study was presented in 1993, at the
third seminar of the International Society for Shamanic Research in
Budapest and was published in 1995. This book represents a first attempt at
providing a comprehensive ethnolinguistic study of invocations in Nanwang