"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.
Originally published in 1967, this dictionary of Grebo, one of the Kru
languages spoken in South-west Liberia, will be of value not only to those
who are concerned with using the language, but also to scholars engaged in
comparative studies; the latter will have here a comprehensive and reliable
body of data, presented in an eminently usable form. All the Grebo material
is tone-marked, a point of particular importance in a language which is one
of the few in West Africa that distinguishes four tone-levels.