"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.
Volume 2 of Prague Linguistic Circle Papers together with Volume 1 of the series, constitutes a single whole, reviving the classical series of Travaux du Cercle linguistique de Prague which was of great importance in the development of European structural linguistics in the 1930s. In the present volume, nine Czech and eight non-Czech linguists present new ideas in various domains --from basic properties of the system of language to discourse types and to history of linguistics in the 20th century. Also discussed are fundamental issues of structural linguistics, quantitative linguistics, sentence and discourse patterns, phonology, graphemics and the lexicon.