"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.
This study presents the history of words in the Austronesian languages: how
the forms that are attested in the current Austronesian languages developed
from the original Proto-Austronesian. A study of this history entails the
reconstruction of the sound system (phonology) of Proto-Austronesian, an
exposition of the phonological processes that motivated changes, and a
presentation of the rules whereby the original sounds changed into those
found in the currently spoken languages. The primary aim of this work is to
examine exhaustively the forms that can be reconstructed for
Proto-Austronesian and also for the earliest stages after the Austronesian
languages began to spread southward from Taiwan. The purpose of this study
is not just to reconstruct protomorphemes and order the reflexes according
to the entries under which they fit, but also to account for the history of