"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.
Comparative Grammar and Language Acquisition in the Age of Globalization: Norwegian and Chinese
As globalization and the enhanced international role of China make contact
between China and Norway deeper and more frequent, problems of language -
being an essential part of the infrastructure of society - are brought to
This book focuses on the grammatical structure of Mandarin Chinese and
Norwegian from a comparative and acquisitional point of view, also
investigating the role of English as an international lingua franca
mediating between the two.