"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 book is the first detailed description of Kolyma Yukaghir, a seriously endangered language spoken by about 50 people in the northeast of Asiatic Russia. Based on extensive field materials and text records, it provides a thorough and richly exemplified description of all major components of Yukaghir grammar - phonology, morphology, and syntax, annotated sample texts, and a Yukaghir-English vocabulary. The book will be of interest for scholars of Uralic and Siberian languages, linguistic typology, and general linguistics.
From the contents:
1. Introduction 2. Kolyma Yukaghir and its speakers 3. Phonology 4. Parts of speech and inflectional paradigms 5. Nominal morphology 6. Verb morphology 7. Morphology of closed classes 8. Noun phrase and postpositional phrase 9. Syntax of the clause 10. Clause chaining 11. Subordination 12. Nominal predicates and grammatical Focus 13. Sentence types and negation 14. Coreference and discourse coherence