"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.
A Journey Through Austronesian and Papuan Linguistic and Cultural Space
The papers in this volume have been presented to Andrew K. Pawley in honour
of his extensive work on Austronesian and Papuan languages and cultures.
They cover a wide range of topics, from language description to historical
linguistics and from archaeology and population genetics to the
anthropology of performance and the typology of poetic meter. The book
provides a fascinating snapshot of current work across the fields of
Austronesian and Papuan linguistics and culture history and the papers in
it will be important reading for anyone working in these fields.