"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.
In this book, Language Death in Mesmes, the author presents an historical
examination of sound change and other developments in the very-nearly
extinct Gurage language known as Mesmes while also considering the
linguistic and social environments in which the language has been lost. The
study provides evidence for Mesmes linguistic relatedness with the other
Gurage languages and with the Peripheral West Gurage subgroup in
particular. The account also considers the impact of phenomena related to
language loss and the linguistic effects of contact with Hadiyya, the
language to which the Mesmes people have shifted today. The comparative
work relies on previously published sources as well as unpublished field
notes and also provides the first fully annotated and interlinearized
Mesmes text. This examination underscores that historical-comparative work
may benefit from serious consideration of external, contact-related
phenomena while at the same time not compromising a commitment to shared
innovations as determined by the Comparative Method.