"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.
Beyond Lexical Variation in Modern Standard Arabic: Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco
Beyond Lexical Variation in Modern Standard Arabic presents several aspects
concerning Modern Standard Arabic. It analyzes the different forms of
lexical variation, and the causes for these variations. This starting point
led to many other vital issues related to the present state of the Arabic
Language such as language planning, native speakers' identity and fears and
most importantly the relationship between the different Arabic varieties:
Classical, Modern Standard, and dialects. The book analyzes lexical
variation comprehensively and provides deep insights on the present state
of the language with some speculations on its future.