"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.
Yoruba, a major West African language spoken by over twelve million people,
has had so much scholarly attention before the release of this 1966 work, but no
extensive descriptive grammar had ever been published. Dr Ayo Bamgbose
therefore made a major contribution to the study of language. This descriptive
grammar derives from a large body of written and spoken texts in Standard
Yoruba. In order to avoid the faulta of traditional grammars, this study has been
deliberately based on a structural theory, using Halliday's Scale and Category
model. Dr Bamgbose's study of Yoruba was the first full-length exemplification
of this theory to be published, and will continue to be of interest to general
linguists as well as to specialists in West African languages and Yoruba