"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.
The present volume consists of revised and edited versions of papers
originally presented at the fourteenth annual meeting of Formal Approaches
to Slavic Linguistics, held at Princeton University, May 6-8, 2005. FASL 14
was organized and sponsored by the Princeton Program in Linguistics
(Leonard Babby, Director) and Department of Slavic Languages and
Literatures (Caryl Emerson, Chair).
All presenters were encouraged to submit their papers to the volume. These
submissions underwent several stages of review, including outside peer
review for each paper, producing the original scholarship that appears in