"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.
A student's dictionary of English confronts the learner with more than
50,000 words– an intimidating prospect. The present book shows that a few
hundred word elements occur over and over again (affixes for instance like
-ation, bio-, de-, -ize, -less, un-). Learning these– their individual
meaning and how they combine– is a gigantic step towards understanding the
many thousands of complex words of which they form a part. So a lexical
item like 'bidirectionally' will easily be analysed and processed as a
combination of bi-direct-ion-al-ly, 'in two directions'. The inclusion and
clear differentiation of affix synonyms and antonyms completes this new and
systematic lexical treatment. A Dictionary of English Affixes thus
constitutes a unique linguistic tool for vocabulary expansion as well as
text comprehension and analysis.
But in addition, the book will have a quite distinct and separate
application in automated language processing.