"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.
A Grammar of the Bedouin Dialects of the Northern Sinai Littoral
Bridging the Linguistic Gap between the Eastern and Western Arab World
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1: The Near and Middle East
This study offers a thorough analysis of hitherto unknown Arabic dialects
spoken by bedouin tribes inhabiting the northern Sinai littoral. The author
identifies five different dialect groups in the area. He combines his own
extensive material with that from publications on neighbouring dialects to
put this material in a larger dialect-geographical perspective. Proposing a
total of 82 criteria and introducing 'partial isoglosses' to typologically
measure the dialects, he convincingly shows that three dialect groups form
a continuum - a 'linguistic bridge' - connecting the bedouin type of
dialects spoken in the Negev and southern Jordan with the sedentary type of
dialects spoken in the Nile Delta. An appendix with 77 maps completes the
picture. Arabists, dialectologists, semitists and sociolinguists will
welcome this study as a valuable contribution to their fields.