"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.
This new history of French combines texts and extracts with a readable and detailed commentary enabling the language to be viewed both synchronically and diachronically. Core texts range from the ninth century to the present day and highlight central features of the language, while a range of shorter texts illustrate particular points. The inclusion of non-literary as well as literary texts serves to illustrate some of the many varieties of French from legal, scientific, epistolary, administrative or liturgical or more popular domains, including attempts to represent spoken usage. Forty short texts are presented and explored from a variety of angles, covering such areas as spelling, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.