"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 volume contains a detailed grammatical description of the Omani dialect of
Mehri, an unwritten Semitic language of the Modern South Arabian group. It is
the first complete grammar of any Modern South Arabian language in a hundred
years, and the first ever Mehri grammar based on the Omani dialect, making it
an important contribution to the field of Semitic studies in general. Topics in
phonology, all aspects of morphology, and a variety of syntactic features are
covered in this volume. The grammar is based on texts collected by T.M.
Johnstone, and published by H. Stroomer.