"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 Comprehensive Russian Grammar, by Terence Wade, is the definitive guide
to Russian usage and the standard reference work for students and
professionals alike. In the third edition, Russian language expert David
Gillespie updates and revises this highly acclaimed volume. His revisions
include updates to numerous examples and illustrations, as well as insights
into several new developments in Russian language usage since the collapse
of the Soviet Union in 1991. Gillespie also reveals the increasing
influence of globalization on Russian language structure. As before,
accessibility to the intricacies of Russian grammar is enhanced through
usage examples garnered from both modern sources and from classical literature.
This revised edition solidifies the position of A Comprehensive Russian
Grammar as the premier text for Russian language reference across the
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments to the Second Edition