"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.
Is Africa a linguistic area (Heine & Leyew 2008)? The present volume
consists of sixteen papers highlighting the linguistic geography of Africa,
covering, in particular, southern Africa with its Khoisan languages. A wide range
of phenomena are discussed to give an overview of the pattern of social,
cultural, and linguistic interaction that characterizes Africa's linguistic
geography. Most contributors to the volume discuss language contact and areal
diffusion in Africa, although some demonstrate, with examples from non-African
linguistic data, including Amazonian and European languages, how language
contact may lead to structural convergence. Others investigate contact
phenomena in social-cultural behavior. The volume makes a large contribution
toward bringing generalized theory to data-oriented discussions. It is intended to
stimulate further research on contact phenomena in Africa. For
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