"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.
The Buyang language of South China
Grammatical notes, glossary, texts and translations
Buyang is a Tai-Kadai (Kra-Dai) language, spoken by approximately 2,000
people in Yunnan and northwestern Guangxi, forming two dialect groups. In
this sketch the Paha dialect (of the western group) is described. This
volume is a much revised and reworked translation of materials by Li
Jinfang, originally published in Chinese in the late 1990s, which fills a
sorely felt gap in the descriptive sources available in English. Its
publication now is especially welcome as Buyang shows various morphological
parallels with Austronesian, which as have been noted in recent discussions
about the linguistic prehistory of SE Asia. Paha also possesses a number of
lexical items and structural features that are shared by surrounding
Miao-Yao, Mon-Khmer and Tibeto-Burman languages. The work includes a
selection of texts and a substantial lexicon, in addition to the
grammatical sketch and detailed geographical and social information.