"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.
Mapa fónico de las lenguas mexicanas (Acompañado de CD-ROM)
This book is devoted to the phonological analysis of six Mexican languages:
Totonac, Mixtec, Chichimec, Mixe, Amuzgo and Chinantec. For all the
languages, the study includes the phonetic structure of the major features
of the consonant systems; measurements of the vowel structures and the most
important phonological process. The book includes a CD-ROM with the
sonorous files structured in three links: 1) Patrones Fónicos, 2) Lenguas,
and 3) Rasgos compartidos y no compartidos. The first one ties to every
chapter in the book. The other two are autonomous and can be consulted by
themselves. Lenguas gives an outline of the principal phonological features
in every language. It includes the regional maps where the language is
spoken. The last link (Rasgos compartidos y no compartidos) has a
typological view, so it brings together what the six languages have in
common in vowels, consonants and tone.