"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.
This is a comprehensive reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak
language from a remote region in the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its
speakers traditionally marry someone speaking a different language, and as
a result most people are fluent in five or six languages. Because of this
rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a number of features inherited
from the protolanguage with properties diffused from neighbouring but
unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically unusual features of the
language include: an array of classifiers independent of genders, complex
serial verbs, case marking depending on the topicality of a noun, and
double marking of case and of number. Tariana has obligatory evidentiality:
every sentence contains a special element indicating whether the
information was seen, heard, or inferred by the speaker, or whether the
speaker acquired it from somebody else. This grammar will be a valuable
source-book for linguists and others interested in natural languages.