"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.
This grammar of Modern Eastern Armenian gives a precise and explicit
description of the Eastern Armenian language of the Republic of Armenia. It
covers not only the normative tradition but, more importantly, also
describes the colloquial language as it is used in Armenia today. With
regard to methodological approach and terminology it fully meets the
demands of modern general linguistics and typology. This grammar will be of
interest not only to the specialised readership of descriptive and
comparative linguists, of typologists and of armenologists, but to all
those who would like to acquaint themselves with linguistic data from
living Armenian. It will also be of use to students wishing to learn Modern
Eastern Armenian and to lecturers in Modern Eastern Armenian language courses.