"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.
Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics
Papers from the Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics. Volume XXI: Provo, Utah, March 2007
This volume contains a selection of reviewed and revised papers from the
twenty-first Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, which was held on
March 2-3, 2007, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The papers in
this volume deal with a variety of topics in Arabic linguistics with a
notable number of them emphasizing pragmatic aspects. The papers here
included place a high value on the presentation of authentic data and
explore different approaches in their analysis.