"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.
Language change happens in the spatio-temporal world. Historical
linguistics is the craft linguists exercise upon its results, in order to
tell coherent stories about it. In a series of linked essays Roger Lass
offers a critical survey of the foundations of the art of historical
linguistics, and its interaction with its subject matter, language change,
taking as his background some of the major philosophical issues that arise
fromthese considerations. The paradoxical conclusion is that our
historiographical methods are often better than the data they have to work