"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.
Historical Linguistics 1993. Selected Papers from the 11th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Los Angeles, 16-20 August 1993
This volume contains a selection of papers from the 11th International Conference on Historical Linguistics; among them are a few presented at the workshop on Typology and Parameters organized during the conference. The 34 papers discuss a variety of topics, reflecting the latest developments in research in historical linguistics and covering a wide range of languages. Contributions by: Andrew Allen; Gregory S. Anderson; Julie Auger; Laurel Brinton & Dieter Stein; Vit Bubenik; Kate Burridge; Concepcion Company; C. Jac Conradie; Thomas D. Cravens & Luciano Giannelli; Naomi Cull; Andrei Danchev; Bridget Drinka; Richard Epstein; Jadranka Gvozdanovic; Kaoru Horie; Masataka Ishikawa; Bernard Jacquinod; Dieter Kastovsky; Ritva Laury; Leena Lostedt, Silvia Luraghi; Maria Manoliu-Manea; Jaap van Marle; Ana Maria Martins; Chantal Melis; Robert W. Murray; Johanna Nichols; Jairo Nunes; Claudia Parodi; Betty S. Philips; Susan Pintzuk; Pieter van Reenen & Lene Schosler; Elke Ronneberger-Sibold; Nigel Vincent.