"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.
Warrongo is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that used to be spoken in
northeast Australia. This volume is largely based on the rich data recorded from
the last fluent speaker. It details the phonology, morphology and syntax of the
language. In particular, it provides a truly scrutinizing description of syntactic
ergativity - a phenomenon that is rare among the world's language. It also shows
that, unlike some other Australian languages, Warrongo has noun phrases that
are configurational. Overall this volume shows what can be documented of a
language that has only one speaker.