"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.
William MartinLeake (1777–1860) first published Researches in Greece in
1814. The book is a survey of the languages and dialects spoken in modern
Greece and the Southern Balkans during the early nineteenth century. It was
a pioneering work of linguistics that created great interest among Western
European scholars. Chapter 1 deals with modern Greek, with sections on
grammar, orthography, and phonetics; modern literature, including a
catalogue of modern Greek authors; the Tzakonic dialect; and pronunciation
and regional variation. Chapter 2 covers Albanian and includes sections on
phonetics, grammar and vocabulary and Albanian history and geography.
Chapter 3 gives a brief account of the Wallachian and Bulgarian languages.
The volume includes useful comparative vocabulary lists in English, Greek,
Albanian, Wallachian and Bulgarian. This key work of nineteenth-century
scholarship was highly influential in generating scholarly interest in the
study of modern Greek.