"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 volume presents the largest and most comprehensive dictionary to date for any language of the Tibeto-Burman 'hill peoples' of Nepal. Of the 10,000 ethnic Chantyals living in the Myagdi and Baglung districts of Nepal, about 2,000 speak the Chantyal language, a member of the Tamangic group within the Bodic division of Tibeto-Burman. The dictionary is primarily based upon data collected in the villages of Mangale Khani and Chawra Khani. The entries contain etymologies and examples in context drawn mostly from recorded conversations and narratives. Most example sentences are keyed to published texts so that the user can examine the item in discourse context. Aside from the large English-Chantyal dictionary, the volume contains a Chantyal-English index keyed to the English-Chantyal dictionary, a set of five texts, a set of detailed kinship diagrams, and a short grammatical sketch.