"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.
A team of over 30 linguists come together for the Routledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics, forming the most comprehensive and up-to-date work of its kind in the English language. In over 2,500 entries, the dictionary provides an exhaustive survey of the key terminology and languages of more than 30 subdisciplines of linguistics. Clear and concise definitions of key terminology, concepts and themes are complemented by extensive cross-references to synonyms and related terms, salient English-language examples and detailed bibliographies. For ease of use, the book also contains maps indicating the distribution of languages and a cumulative bibliography containing hundreds of references.