"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.
In his ambitious survey of the Indo-Aryan languages, Colin Masica
has provided a fundamental introduction which will interest not only
general and theoretical linguists but also students of one or more
of these languages who want to acquaint themselves with the
broader linguistic context. Generally synchronic in approach,
concentrating on the phonology, morphology and syntax of the
modern representatives of the group, the volume also covers
their historical development, areal context, writing systems
and aspects of sociolinguistics. The survey is organised not on a
language-by-language basis but by topic, so that salient theoretical
issues may be discussed in a comparative context.