"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 is a detailed application of the methods of linguistic analysis to the
sentence structure of Malay. It is based on extended analysis of short
dramatic texts in colloquial Malay by Dato’ Dr Haji Zainal-Abidin bin
Ahmad, best know under his pen name Za‘ba. Miss Lewis’ analyses are, with
certain modifications, kept within the grammatical framework which she
deduced from a thesis presented by Dr E. M. F. Payne in 1964. She has shown
that the framework is viable when applied to actual texts, though her
analysis leads to certain modifications and extensions of the original
plan. The book has a double interest. Students with a basic knowledge of
Malay will find that the investigation into sentence formation refines
their understanding of the language. Linguists interested in the
application of a formal grammatical framework to the sentences of a
Austronesian language will welcome this pioneer study.