"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 study examines some lexical residues of British colonialism in a language spoken in the Western province of Cameroon, West Africa. The language is W, a dialect within the indigenous language Gh[Open O]màlà, which is spoken in four villages in the Western province of Cameroon: Bahouan, Baham, Bayangam and Bandjoun. The paper also seeks to answer the question: Why are there so many English lexical items in this dialect, changed almost beyond recognition, reminiscent of the presence of the British themselves in Cameroon, although this part of the country was formerly under French rule.