"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.
Please visit our Journal's website, www.langlxmelanesia.com, to browse through LLM Special Issue 2012, which brings to you the Proceedings of the Conference on the History, Contact and Classification of Papuan Languages held at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2-3 February 2012. Part I appeared in Oct 2012; Part II appeared in July, 2013.
Change in Traditional Numerals Systems in Mian and Other Trans New Guinea Languages – S. Fedden
Verbs with Pronominal Object Prefixes in Finisterre-Huon Languages – E. Suter
Reassessing the Wider Genealogical Affiliations of the Timor-Alor-Pantar Languages – L. Robinson & G. Holton
How Reconstructable Is Proto Trans New Guinea? Problems, Progress, Prospects - A. Pawley
Some Notes on the Tsaukambo Language of West Papua - L. de Vries
The Historical Relation of the Papuan Languages of Timor and Kisar – A. Schapper, J. Huber, & A. van Engelenhoven
The Keuw Isolate: Preliminary Materials and Classification - D. Kamholz
The Greater Awyu Language Family of West Papua – L. de Vries, R. Wester & W. van den Heuvel
A Classification of Papuan Languages – Wichmann, S.
Inheritance, Contact and Change in the New Guinea Islands Evidentiality Area - San Roque, L. & Loughnane, R.
Pronouns and the (Preliminary) Classification of Papuan Languages - Hammarström, H.