"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.
Parallels in Semitic Linguistics
The Development of Arabic la- and Related Semitic Particles
This linguistic study is concerned with the role of the emphasizing
particle la- (known as lām al-ta'kīd) in the grammatical traditions of
Classical Arabic, as well as with the question of the historical
relationship connecting this particle to a set of elements in several other
Semitic languages showing comparable forms and functions. Although these
particles have hitherto seemed to defy a coherent reconstruction, the very
complexity of the data to which they attest proves to provide a key to
their interpretation. They represent a critical first step in the refining
of our understanding of the history of the Semitic sonorant phonemes.