"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.
Subordination and Coordination Strategies in North Asian Languages
Across North Asia, complex sentence formation patterns display an unusually
high prevalence of suffixed relational morphemes used to convey
subordination. Suffixal subordinators occur in a variety of genetic
groupings, most notably Samoyedic, Turkic, and Tungusic, but also in some
of the region's language isolates, such as Ket and Ainu. No general study
has surveyed complex sentences across Northern Eurasia and the Pacific Rim,
an area noted both for its complicated web of language contact phenomena
and its long-established genetic divisions. The 14 chapters in this volume
survey synthetic and analytic methods of subordination and coordination.
Much of the data reflect original fieldwork, and several chapters focus on
critically endangered languages. Nearly every family or isolate in North
Asia is taken into consideration, as are all major formal and functional
types of complex sentence formation.