"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 the early 1960s, R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon was one of the first linguists to study
the Aboriginal languages of northeast Queensland, Australia. He found that
some languages of the coastal rainforest were still in daily use, but others were
only half-remembered by a single elder. This autobiographical account of
fourteen years of research, first published in 1984, paints a fascinating picture of
the frontier society that existed in the region nearly fifty years ago. It reveals the
difficulties and the excitement of linguistic fieldwork, but most of all it focuses
on the people who agreed to work with Dixon and patiently helped him to
understand their dauntingly complex languages. They allowed him to record their
legends and songs and spent many hours answering his questions; this book is
a poignant reminder of the fragility of their ancient culture.