"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 a 1969 publication the author proposed a Koiarian family consisting of
six languages: Koita, Koiari, Mountain Koiari, Ömie, Managalasi and Barai.
This family, part of the putative Trans New Guinea group of Papuan
languages, stretches from around Port Moresby on the southern coast of
southeast Papua almost to the sea on the north coast at the eastern end of
the Hydrographers’ Ranges.
In the current work the author enlarges on the lexicostatistically based
1969 work and applies the comparative method of historical linguistics to
the Koiarian languages, identifying shared innovations that define
subgroups within the family and reconstructing the protophonology and about
120 lexical items of Proto Koiarian. He provides similar reconstructions
for Proto Koiaric and Proto Baraic, the languages ancestral to the two
major subgroups within Koiarian.