"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.
The Indo-Aryan languages and dialects constitute a dialect continuum,
characterised by variable, non-discrete boundaries between speech
communities. In order to reconstruct linguistic history it is necessary to
take stock of this sociolinguistic context and adjust the methods of
reconstruction accordingly. This study presents a theoretically robust,
sociolinguistic framework for historical reconstruction which supplements a
traditional comparative reconstruction of phonology and morphology.
The language varieties examined in this book are known by a number of names
including ‘Kamta', ‘Rajbanshi', or simply the ‘deshi bhasha' of north
Bengal and west Assam . This study provides evidence for a protolanguage,
termed ‘proto Kamta' (c. AD 13-16 th century), which was the point of
common origin for these lects, and defines them as a subgroup within