"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 interpretation of the early history of Chinese argues that Old
Chinese was typologically a 'mixed' language. It shows that, though its
dominant word order was subject-verb-object, this coexisted with
subject-object-verb. Professor Xu describes the typological changes that
have taken place since the Han period and shows how Chinese evolved into a
more analytic language, supporting her exposition with abundant examples
from recently discovered texts. She focusses on syntactic issues, but pays
close attention to closely related changes in phonology and the writing system.