"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.
Phonetic Study of West African Languages
Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published book.
When it was first published in 1968, this monograph was among the most
important contributions to the area of phonetic research in Africa since
the publication of Westermann and Ward's Practical Phonetics for Students
of African Languages in 1933. Drawing from a sample of sixty-one West
African languages, Dr Ladefoged offers a description of the phonetic
elements that cause differences in lexical and grammatical meaning. In
particular, he focuses on unusual sounds, highlighting their linguistic
function and providing a detailed account of their application in the
languages concerned. Supplementing Dr Ladefoged's analyses are a number of
helpful diagrams and illustrations as well as two appendices and a