"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.
Georgian has sometimes been described as a language that is ‘totally
irregular’, where the notions of ‘subject’, ‘object’ and ‘indirect object’
have no relevance. Although it is often cited in work on general
linguistics, language universals and language typology, no systematic
account of the syntax of this morphologically complex language has been
available for Western linguists. Dr. Harris’s work fills this important
need, and indeed her book provides one of the best and most thorough
studies available in English of the syntax of a non-Indo-European language.
Working in the framework of relational grammar - a framework that is
attracting great interest - Dr. Harris shows that Georgian does have
constructions found in better-known languages, and the study of individual
languages to the development of linguistic theory.