"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.
Aramaic has been spoken uninterruptedly for more than 3000 years, yet a
generation from now most Aramaic dialects will be extinct. The study of the
Northeastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) dialects has increased dramatically in the
past decade as linguists seek to record these dialects before the
disappearance of their last speakers. This work is a unique documentation
of the now extinct Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Challa (modern-day
Çukurca, Turkey). It is based on recordings of the last native speaker of
the dialect, who passed away in 2007. In addition to a grammatical
description, it contains sample texts and a glossary of the dialect. Jewish
Challa belongs to the cluster of NENA dialects known as 'lishana deni' and
reference is made throughout to other dialects within this group.