"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.
Longgu is an Oceanic language spoken on the island of Guadalcanal in the
Solomon Islands. This grammar is based on fieldwork carried out in the
village of Bambasu in 1989 and 1991. The grammar provides a description of
the main areas of Longgu grammar. The focus of the grammar is the
morphosyntax of the language. Like other Oceanic languages, Longgu
exhibits complexity in the areas of transitivity and possession and, while the
sections on transitivity and possession provided here could be further
elaborated and clarified based on later fieldwork and research on related
Oceanic languages, the grammar covers these topics in some detail.
The grammar includes a very brief summary of the phonology of the
language, and provides an overview of basic clause structure in Longgu. It
provides information about word classes and describes the internal structure
of the verb phrase (or verb complex), noun phrase, and prepositional phrase.
In addition, it describes dependent clauses, co-ordination, and outlines the
structure of interrogative clauses. Longgu Grammar is an introduction to the
grammar of the language and reflects an initial understanding of a language
about which little had been written before this grammar.