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"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

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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

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.

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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.

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Title: The Languages of Native North America
Written By: Marianne Mithun
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=052129875X
Series Title: Cambridge Language Surveys

This book provides an authoritative survey of the several hundred languages
indigenous to North America. These languages show tremendous genetic and
typological diversity, and offer numerous challenges to current linguistic
theory. Part I of the book provides an overview of structural features of
particular interest, concentrating on those that are cross-linguistically
unusual or unusually well developed. These include syllable structure,
vowel and consonant harmony, tone, and sound symbolism; polysynthesis, the
nature of roots and affixes, incorporation, and morpheme order; case;
grammatical distinctions of number, gender, shape, control, location,
means, manner, time, empathy, and evidence; and distinctions between nouns
and verbs, predicates and arguments, and simple and complex sentences; and
special speech styles. Part II catalogues the languages by family, listing
the location of each language, its genetic affiliation, number of speakers,
major published literature, and structural highlights. Finally, there is a
catalogue of languages that have evolved in contact situations.Winner of
the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award.

Publication Year: 07-J
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Language Family(ies): Caddoan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052129875X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 795
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U.K. £ 23.95