"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.
North East Indian Linguistics Volume 5 presents the latest in descriptive and anthropological linguistic research into the languages of the North East Indian region. Long acknowledged to be among the culturally and linguistically richest and most diverse regions of all Asia, North East India needs to be well-studied and well-understood to underscore its potential.
This volume advances the understanding of North East Indian languages and cultures through analyses of a wide variety of topics in a range of regional languages. The themes discussed in this volume include language contact and genetic linguistics in the languages of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and neighbouring Bhutan, historical grammar within the Bodo-Garo and Mizo-Kuki-Chin branches of Tibeto-Burman, nominalization and the relational marking of noun phrases in North East Indian languages, and new advances in the study of Bodo-Garo phonology – in addition to contributions to the analysis of Eastern Indo-Aryan grammar and the song language of the Pangwa Tangsa.
This book will be of interest to linguists, anthropologists, sociologists, and anyone with an abiding interest in the languages and cultures of this fascinating and understudied region.
Contents About the Contributors Foreword by Kazuyuki Kiryu A Note from the Editors
Contact and genetic linguistics 1. Koch dialects of Meghalaya and Assam: A sociolinguistic survey 2. The Siyom River Valley: An essay on intra-subgroup convergence in Tibeto-Burman 3. On the internal phylogeny of East Bodish
Historical-comparative Tibeto-Burman grammar 4. Proto-Bodo-Garo verbal elements 5. Verb agreement suffixes in Mizo-Kuki-Chin 6. Towards deciphering the linguistic content of an age-old Dimasa narrative
The North East Indian noun phrase 7. The marking of noun phrases: Some observations on the languages of North East India 8. Deverbal nominals in Sumi
Assamese grammar 9. Reciprocal constructions in Asamiya 10. Question formation in Asamiya (Assamese)
Advances in Boro-Garo phonology 11. Tiwa tones in monosyllables 12. The ‘sixth’ vowel in the Boro-Garo languages
Poetics and text 13. Wihu song of the Pangwa Tangsa: Poetry and linguistic forms, meaning and the transformation into a symbol of identity