"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.
Ute is a Uto-Aztecan language of the northernmost (Numic) branch,
currently spoken on three reservations in western Colorado and
eastern Utah. Like many other native languages of Northern America,
Ute is severely endangered. This book is part of the effort toward its
preservation. Typologically, Ute offers a cluster of intriguing features,
best viewed from the perspective of diachronic change and
grammaticalization. The book presents a comprehensive synchronic
description of grammatical structures and their communicative
functions, as well as a diachronic account of a grammar in the midst
of change. The book is the first of a 3-volume series which also
includes a collection of oral texts and a dictionary. Ute speakers and
tribal members may find in the present volume a step-by-step
description of how words are combined into meaningful
communication. Linguists may find a detailed account of one
language, an account that is unabashedly informed by universals of
grammar, communication and change.