"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 dialect of Icari is mainly spoken in the village of Icari in the Daghestan Republic (Russia). Icari is a separate dialect of the Dargwa language spoken by about 2,000 people. Generally, the grammar of Icari is typical for the South Daghestan. It is characterized by ergative clause structure focus marking, complex verbal system containing a number of synthetic and periphrastic forms of aspect/tense/evidentiality, class system of the noun with a long list of locative cases. Icari differs from the standard Dargwa in certain respects, for example in the consonant system, predicate structure, etc.
Rasul O. Matulov is Senior Lecturer at the Daghestan State University (Makhachkala). He teaches Linguistics and the Dargwa language. His Ph.D. these is the only considerable work dealing with the Icari dialect. NINA R. SUMBATOVA is a researcher at the Institute of the Oriental Studies primarily interested in typology of verbal systems. She also made fieldwork on Icari as well as some other languages of Daghestan. (see also the LINCOM webshop: lincom.at)
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