"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.
A Topical Outline of Georgian Grammar presents all of the basic grammar of
the language of Sakartvelo (Georgia), an important and very modern southern
European, northern Near Eastern language spoken by some 5 million people to
the south of Russia and the immediate north of Armenia and Turkey. The
language has a vibrant, important literature with its beginnings in 450
A.D. and continuing to the present day.
The book can be used both as a first learning tool for the beginner as well
as a reference grammar for the more experienced user. It will enable the
learner to begin reading in a short period of time and can be used at any
time by all users as a handy look-up volume on any point in Georgian
grammar. Grammar points are presented topically: The Alphabet; Grammatical
Categories, Case Usage and Word Order; Nouns and their Declensions;
Adjectives; Adverbs; Interrogatives; Numerals; Conjunction, Particles, and
Interjections; Pronouns; Postpositions; and an Introduction to the Georgian
Verb, containing full conjugational examples of all the classes of Georgian
The book is particularly recommended for those language learners who prefer
a concentrated yet complete grammar rather than the slower lesson-by-lesson