"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 Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales was the first part of Australia to be colonised and so the
written records of the state¹s Indigenous languages go back more than 200
years. The body of linguistic information that has accumulated over that
period is considerable, but it is also very uneven in its quality and
coverage. The Handbook distills this information in a way that makes it
easily accessible to a broad audience. The Handbook combines the functions
of both a guidebook and a dictionary. It runs to just over 830 pages and is
divided into two parts: the first part is a survey of the Indigenous
languages of NSW and the ACT (including Aboriginal English), giving
information about dialects, locations, maps, and resources available for
language revitalisation; the second part provides word-lists in practical
spelling for 42 distinct language varieties. There is also useful
information on sign languages and kinship classification, as well as an
appendix on place names. The Handbook is a valuable reference and
educational resource, useful to Aboriginal people who want to revitalise
their languages and to those in the broader community who simply want to
know more about the state¹s rich linguistic heritage. It will be
particularly helpful in the planning and implementation of primary,
secondary and tertiary educational programs dealing with Aboriginal
languages and linguistics.
Contains a chapter on contact languages by Jean Harkins.