"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 Amazon Basin is the least known and the most complex linguistic region
in the world today. It is the home of some 300 languages many of which
(often incompletely documented and mostly endangered) show properties that
constitute exceptions to received ideas about linguistic universals. This
book is the first in English to provide an accessible overview of this rich
and exciting linguistic area. It will provide a basis for further research
on Amazonian languages as well as a point of entry to important data for