"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.
This book offers a state-of-the-art guide to linguistic fieldwork, reflecting its
collaborative nature across the subfields of linguistics and disciplines such as
astronomy, anthropology, biology, musicology, and ethnography. Experienced
scholars and fieldworkers explain the methods and approaches needed to
understand a language in its full cultural context and to document it accessibly
and enduringly. They consider the application of new technological approaches
to recording and documentation, but never lose sight of the crucial relationship
between subject and researcher. The book is timely: an increased awareness
of dying languages and vanishing dialects has stimulated the impetus for
recording them as well as the funds required to do so. The handbook is an
indispensible source, guide, and reference for everyone involved in linguistic
and cultural fieldwork.