"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 Grammar of Bantawa
Grammar, paradigm tables, glossary and texts of a Rai language of Eastern Nepal
This dissertation provides a comprehensive overview of the grammar of
Bantawa, a Kiranti (Rai) language spoken in Eastern Nepal. Bantawa is an
SOV language featuring rich verbal morphology. In Bantawa we find both
ergative and accusative alignment patterns in verbal affix agreement, and
an ergative / absolutive pattern of case marking. The grammar treats the
syntax of all major syntactical constructions, including the highly
productive verb compounding process, embedding of converbial and finite
clauses, nominalisations and evidentiality. The semantics of
nominalisations and the aspectual nuances of verbal compounds are discussed
in detail. An annotated text corpus, comprehensive paradigm tables and a
glossary complete the grammar.