"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.
Where do our metaphors come from? Why do we say 'he has a new flame'? Why
does the colour green signify immaturity in English but strength in French?
Why can we say 'dry humour' today but not 'dry' (thin) arms as in the
Middle Ages? Metaphor Networks attempts to answer such questions by
exploring the evolution of figurative language. Richard Trim investigates
how metaphors are created today by being linked to similar concepts and how
they are associated to images in the past. The findings of this study
reveal that certain regular patterns emerge. With the aid of substantial
evidence from former and present-day European languages, the author
proposes a number of theories on metaphor evolution and thereby offers a
considerable contribution to historical linguistics.