"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.
The World of Linguistics Volume 2
The Indigenous Languages of South America: A Comprehensive Guide
"The Indigenous Languages of South America: A Comprehensive Guide" is a
thorough guide to the indigenous languages of this part of the world. With more
than a third of the linguistic diversity of the world (in terms of language families
and isolates), South American languages contribute new findings in most areas
of linguistics. Though formerly one of the linguistically least known areas of the
world, extensive descriptive and historical linguistic research in recent years
has expanded knowledge greatly. These advances are represented in this
volume in indepth treatments by the foremost scholars in the field, with chapters
on the history of investigation, language classification, language endangerment,
language contact, typology, phonology and phonetics, and on major language
families and regions of South America.