"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.
Compendium of the World's Languages. Second Edition
For this second edition, Campbell has entirely revised his renowned 1991 work. The new Compendium presents a global array of over 300 languages, from familiar modern and ancient tongues, to exotic isolates such as Etruscan and Tangut. Students, professional linguists and general readers will find in this unique reference a wealth of information on the structure, speakers and geography of languages around the world.
Key Features of the New Edition:
- extensively updated information on native speaking populations and the impact of the past decade's geopolitical changes
- over half of the articles have been comprehensively revised, with new material and additional illustrative examples added
- twenty entirely new entries on languages such as Comanche, Shona, the L| language of southern Yunnan in China and numerous non-Roman scripts not offered in the 1991 set
- integrates the script tables from Campbell's popular Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets.