"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.
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The book offers a comprehensive overview of forms of modern Irish within a
general linguistic framework. Starting with information on the sociolinguistics
of modern Irish and on the overall sound system of the language, it then
proceeds with a tripartite division of the present-day language into northern,
western and southern Irish. It gives specific information on the features of
each dialect and considers many sub-divisions, using maps and tables to
illustrate clearly what is the subject of discussion. There are several
innovations in the book, such as a system of lexical sets which facilitate the
description and analysis of variation and change in modern Irish.
The data for the book stems from recordings of more than 200 speakers and
all the statements made about the structure of Irish are based on native
speakers' speech samples. These are supplied online with a software
interface which allows users to quickly orient themselves among the varieties
of Irish via clickable maps.
A number of further issues are focused on in the book, such as the possibility
of dialect reconstruction and the use of place-name evidence for determining
the earlier distribution of Irish. Additional historical and background
information is provided so that scholars and students without any previous
knowledge of the language can readily grasp the themes and issues