"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.
Origins of Old Germanic Studies in the Low Countries
This volume deals with the study of Old Germanic languages in the Low
Countries, in the seventeenth century. The work of the philologist and
lawyer Jan van Vliet (1622-1666) has been taken as a starting point for a
discussion of the intellectual background and philological methodology of
seventeenth-century investigations into the earliest recorded forms of the
Van Vliet's activities provide an extraordinary example of the earliest
attempts to approach Old Germanic languages from a comparative point of
view. The cosmopolitan tradition of philological studies in the Dutch
Republic as well as Van Vliet’s great admiration of Francis Junius
(1590–1677), the founding-father of Germanic philology, formed the basis
for his ideas about vernacular languages. His work allows us a unique
insight in the pioneering seventeenth-century studies in Germanic philology.