"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.
Papers from the Sixth International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ichols Vi) (Washington Dc, 9-14 August 1993)
The 32 Papers in this volume, selected from 78 papers read at ICHoLS VI, were contributed by linguistics from 16 countries of Europe, Asia, and the Americas. They are presented in six sections: 1. General Concerns 2. Oriental Linguistics and Related Issues 3. From the Early Middle Ages to the End of the 17th Century 4. On 19th-century European Linguistics 5. On the Verge of Modernity: From the 19th to the 20th Century 6. Contemporary issues Individual topics range from dealing with overriding concerns of linguistic historiography to focusing on specific fields of inquiry within a limited frame and involving a large variety of topical areas. Most of the papers are written in English. The exceptions are one French and two German contributions. Contributors: E. F. K. Koerner; J. E. Joseph; D. Marcondes de Souza Filho; W. K. Percival; S. A. Romaschko; Y. Gruntfest; A. Sunshine; K. Ryding; S. I. Sara, S. J.; E. Hovdhaugen; A. Luhtala; R. H. Robins; M. Breva-Claramonte; M. J. van der Wal; J. Maat; D. A. Kibbee; J. I. Subbiondo; V. V. Belyi; T. C. Christy; B. Hauger; L. Wigdorsky; F. Vonk; J. Noordegraaf; B. Bartschat; E. C. Polom; M. Mackert; B. Nerlich; J. S. Falk; R. Bugarski; F. J. Newmeyer; B. E. Nevin; and S.-do Kim.