"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.
Old Church Slavonic, the language of the religious texts translated by
Saints Cyril and Methodius for the use of the Slavonic-speaking people of
Central Europe in the early Middle Ages, later to become the literary
language of medieval Russia and other East European countries, is a basic
component of Modern Standard Russian. This is an elementary grammar of the
language for readers of English. No previous knowledge of a Slavonic
language or of philology or linguistics is assumed, and the essential
points are explained with the minimum of technical terms. After a brief
historical introduction, the sound system and its representation by the
alphabets are described. The declensions and conjugations are then set out
clearly with examples. The syntax is treated more fully than in other
grammars of the language, and should be of particular help to the student,
as it includes many examples which can be used as reading material or as
the basis for exercises. A selection of reading passages is included,
together with a full glossary.