"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 book shows that the languages and dialects of Europe are becoming
increasingly alike and furthermore that this unifying process goes back to
Roman times, is accelerating, and affects every European language including
those of different families such as Basque and Finnish. The unifying
process involves every grammatical aspect of the languages and operates
through changes so minute that native speakers fail to notice them. The
authors reveal when, how, and why common grammatical structures have
evolved and continue to evolve in processes of change that will transform
the linguistic landscape of Europe.