"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 region of Najdi in Central Arabia is the centre of a purely Arabian culture based on a partnership between Bedouin camel husbandry and settled palm cultivation. Because of its isolated position the Najdi dialect is of a very interesting and conservative type showing very little non-Arabic influence, which has led to the reputation of the Arabian Bedouin as preservers of the original Classical form and considerable prestige being attached to the Najdi type. Ingham's work concentrates on the grammatical system, syntax and usage and is based on a number of trips to the region over the last fifteen years. The data base includes Bedouin oral narrative, ordinary conversation and radio plays.