"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.
Unter den Naturvölkern Zentral-Brasiliens
Reiseschilderung und Ergebnisse der zweiten Schingú-expedition, 1887–1888
Karl von den Steinen’s classic work, first published in 1894, recounts the
second expedition he undertook to the Xingu River in Northeastern Brazil in
the years 1887–1888. The book serves both as a travelogue and as a
meticulous scientific document. Von den Steinen describes in vivid detail
how he and his fellow scientists set out for the city of Cuiabá in the Mato
Grosso province and there made significant and lasting discoveries in the
areas of geography, cartography, ethnology and anthropology. The expedition
visited the villages of nine different tribes and von den Steinen made
extensive linguistic observations from which he compiled a small dictionary
that forms part of the book. Von den Steinen addresses topics including the
physiognomy, sexuality and religious habits of the different tribes, and
shows himself to be a keen observer of local customs and traditions.