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"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



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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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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.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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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.


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Title: Endangered Languages of Austronesia
Edited By: Margaret Florey
Description:

Austronesian is the largest language family on earth: Some 1300 languages,
20% of the world's total, are spoken by 270 million people in a region that
extends from Easter Island in the Pacific 10,000 miles west to Madagascar
off the coast of Africa. Many of the languages in this diverse and
linguistically rich region are undocumented and in imminent danger of
extinction. This book provides a critical account of current knowledge,
reviews the state of the documentation of languages in the region, and
considers the linguistic effects of government policies and economic
change. The editor's introduction draws out the key issues and themes. An
overview of the Austronesian language family then examines the historical
relations between the languages, their diversity, and their distribution in
the region and describes the nature and aims of contemporary research.
Individual chapters are then devoted to the revitalization of languages in
Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Vanuatu.

This pioneering account of one of the world's most linguistically rich
regions offers direction and impetus to research in linguistics and
anthropology, and holds out the means of saving many endangered languages
and cultures.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199544549
ISBN-13: 9780199544547
Pages: 448
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