"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.
Specimens of Languages of India
Including those of the Aboriginal Tribes of Bengal, the Central Provinces, and the Eastern Frontier
This 1874 work by Sir George Campbell, a British government official whose
Scheme for the Government of India is also reissued in this series, presents a
survey of the diverse languages of India, using material obtained usually by
British army officers trained by Campbell to collect 'specimens' in the course of
their normal work. The tabular material is presented with the English words or
phrases in one column and their equivalent in the Indian language under
discussion in another: most of the languages are represented by more than one
dialect, such as the 'Punjabee of Lahore' and the 'Punjabee of Mooltan'. In his
introduction to the work, Campbell emphasises that the survey is not scientific,
and his main conclusion is that in addition to the broad division of Aryan and
Dravidian language types, India contains a huge number of 'aboriginal'
languages which will require further study.