"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.
Dr Backhouse undertakes a semantic study of taste terms in modern spoken
Japanese. Through an investigation of the range of vocabulary available for
the description of taste qualities, and their interrelationship in terms of
meaning, Dr Backhouse presents a sensitive elucidation of the structure of
Japanese taste terms, which has significant implications for
anthropological linguistics. He explores important semantic issues, such as
the relationship between evaluative and descriptive meaning, the
intralinguistic mechanisms at work in metaphor, and draws illuminating
connections between the lexical field of colour and that of taste.
"...a useful addition to the small number of full-length studies of the
vocabulary of taste." Joel Kuipers, Anthropological Linguistics