"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.
In this volume, first published in 1963, Cambridge lecturer R. G. Popperwell
provides a fascinating and highly accessible guide to the correct
pronunciation of Norwegian. In a text rich with examples and useful
explanations, Popperwell introduces the reader to the intricacies of the
Norwegian spoken in both Oslo specifically, and eastern Norway in general.
Following an introductory chapter which looks at the organs of speech and
their constitution, Popperwell talks the reader through the pronunciation of
Norwegian vowels and diphthongs before furnishing them with the knowledge
required to turn an understanding of written Norwegian into a successful
cognition of the way the language is spoken. Popperwell writes on the
syllabic qualities of the language, the stresses most regularly used and the
rhythmic qualities of spoken Norwegian. This book is both thorough and
engaging, and will be of great use to any student of the Norwegian language.