"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.
Basic Concepts and Models for Interpreter and Translator Training
This book is based on the author's many years of experience as a practitioner, teacher and researcher in translation and conference interpretation. It is written primarily for I/T trainers who feel the need for a methodological basis to their teaching activity. The book explains essential translation and interpretation phenomena and difficulties encountered by students and professionals alike in the form of 'concepts' and 'models', and suggests practical ways to teach them. The underlying theory is based on insights from psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology as well as on I/T research, but the book assumes no previous knowledge of these disciplines. Its concepts and models are easy to grasp, and the text includes teaching suggestions and examples. The book addresses such issues as communication and quality, fidelity, comprehension, knowledge acquisition, interpretation difficulties and coping tactics, linguistic requirements for I/T and linguistic skill enhancement. It also includes a review of I/T training literature