"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.
Semelai is a previously undescribed and endangered Aslian (Mon-Khmer)
language of the Malay Peninsula. This book - the first in-depth description
of an Aslian language - provides a comprehensive reference grammar of
Semelai. Semelai intertwines two types of morphological system: a
concatenative system of prefixes, suffixes and a circumfix - acquired
through extended contact with Malay - and a nonconcatenative system of
prefixes and infixes (including infix reduplication), inherited from
Mon-Khmer. There are distinctive word classes - Nominals, Verbs and
Expressives - the latter iconic utterances which simultaneously provide
information about the predicate and its arguments. Semelai has many
derivational processes which change word class or affect transitivity, and
it combines both head-marking and dependent-marking profiles. It also has a
rich phonemic system of 20 vowels and 32 consonants. Nicole Kruspe's
discussion is complemented with a generous number of illustrative examples
and texts, creating a reference work that will be welcomed by
descriptivists and typologists alike.
- Comprehensive reference grammar of a previously undescribed and currently
- The first reference grammar of a language from the Asian branch of Mon-Khmer
- Provides extensive data on typologically unusual morphological processes
of reduplication, including infix reduplication