"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.
Endangered Austronesian, Papuan and Australian Aboriginal languages
essays on language documentation, archiving and revitalization
The contributions to this book concern the documentation and revitalization of
endangered languages and the archiving of documented language materials.
The anthology focuses mainly on endangered Oceanic languages, with articles
on Vanuatu by Darrell Tryon and the Marquesas by Gabriele Cablitz, on
situations of loss and gain by Ingjerd Hoëm and on the Kilivila language of the
Trobriands by the editor. Nick Thieberger, Peter Wittenburg and Paul Trilsbeek,
and David Blundell and colleagues write about aspects of linguistic archiving.
Under the rubric of revitalization, Margaret Florey and Michael Ewing write about
Maluku, Jakelin Troy and Michael Walsh about Australian Aboriginal languages
in southeastern Australia, whilst three articles, by Sophie Nock, Diane Johnson
and Winifred Crombie concern the revitalization of Māori.