"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.
Written entirely in Spanish, this is the ideal introduction to Spanish linguistics
for students. Using clear explanations, it covers all the basic concepts
required to study the structural aspects of the Spanish language - phonetics
and phonology, morphology and syntax - as well as the history of Spanish, its
dialects and linguistic variation. This second edition incorporates new
features designed to enhance its usefulness for classroom teaching: chapters
have been added on the sociolinguistics of Spanish in the USA, and on
semantics and pragmatics. The chapter on syntax has been considerably
expanded. Numerous exercises have been added throughout the book, as
well as a new glossary to help with technical terms.
- Avoids complicated language, allowing students to grasp the concepts and
improve their knowledge of Spanish
- 'Application boxes' encourage students to see how the theory relates to the
- Numerous exercises throughout help instructors test their students'