"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.
More than forty years ago it was demonstrated that the African continent
can be divided into four distinct language families. Research on African
languages has accordingly been preoccupied with reconstructing and
understanding similarities across these families. This has meant that an
interest in other kinds of linguistic relationship, such as whether
structural similarities and dissimilarities among African languages are the
result of contact between these languages, has never been the subject of
major research. This 2007 book shows that such similarities across African
languages are more common than is widely believed. It provides a broad
perspective on Africa as a linguistic area, as well as an analysis of
specific linguistic regions. In order to have a better understanding of
African languages, their structures, and their history, more information on
these contact-induced relationships is essential to understanding Africa's
linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its history and prehistory.