"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 provides a complete grammar of the Mani language spoken in the
Samu (alternate French spelling “Samou”) region of Sierra Leone andGuinea.
The data come from a short pilot study conducted during July and August of
2000, and a larger study taking place over two years (the Mani Documentation
Project or MDP, 2004-06, and two brief returns in April 2009 and February 2010).
That the Mani language will soon disappear is certain; just as certain is that this
grammar will be the only one ever written.