"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.
An accessible introduction to the subject, Lexicography provides a detailed overview of the history, types and contents of these essential references. Analyzing a variety of dictionaries: ones geared to native speakers, thematic ones and those on CD-ROM, Howard Jackson reveals the myriad of ways that dictionaries fulfill their dual function of describing the vocabulary of English and providing a useful reference source. This introduction contains an introduction to terms used in lexicography and offers suggestions for further reading. Ideal for all who want to learn how a dictionary creates knowledge and who want to know how a dictionary is created.