"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.
Selected Comparative-Historical Afrasian Linguistic Studies in Memory of Igor M. Diakonoff
This volume contains overviews on Afrasian as a whole and its constituent families plus 23 articlesby internationally known contributors. In order to arrive at a focussed volume of high-quality papers, the editors chose to restrict the contents to what is arguably Diakonoff's major field among the many in which he was a world-renowned scholar. Diakonoff was the greatest comparative historical Afrasianist during his long productive career spanning the 20th century. After a photograph of the dedicatee and a brief biography and bibliography of major publications of Diakonoff, written by Gabor Takacs, there follow the seven overviews and articles as follows (some titles abbreviated):
Afrasian Overview (Bender) Semitic tuwar- 'bull' and its Relatives (Vaclav Blazhek) Some Afrasian Etymologies (Andrzej Zaborski) Proto-Afrasian Vowels (Saul Levin) Berber Overview (D. Appleyard) Origin of the Berber 'Participle' (Maarten Kossmann) La Vocalisation du protoberbere (Karl-G. Prasse) Chadic Overview (Russell G. Schuh Third Consonants in Chadic Verbal Roots (Christopher Ehret) West Chadic Verbal Suffixes (Schuh) Sibilant Affricates in Chadic (Olga Stolbova) Arabic D-stem in Chadic? (Herrmann Jungraithmayr Cushitic and Omotic Overview (Mauro Tosco) The Omotic Lexicon (Bender) Infix Genesis in South Cushitic (Roland Kie=DFling) Cushitic Adpositions and Semitic (Hans-Jurgen Sasse) South Cushitic Sibilant Affricates (Takacs) Carakter der "Zweiradikalen" Verben des Agyptischen (Joachim Friedrich uack Reduplicative Passive in Older Egyptian (Chris H. Reintges) Semitic Overview (Appleyard) Ablaut and Aspect in Akkadian and Proto-Semitic (Vit Bubenik) Ethio-Semitic Negative NonPast (Grover Hudson) relative Markers in Ancient Ethiopic (Olga Kapeliuk) Proto-Semitic (Adrian Macelaru) Cognates to Akkadian Preposition ana in Ethiopia and South Arabia (David Testen) Surveying Bi-Consonantal Reduplication in Semitic (Peter Unseth).