"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.
*There is no other single overview of modern Chinese character development;
*Indicates that technology and character development are highly related,
opening a new research topic and perspective;
*All-inclusive review and evaluation of many different literatures on the
subject, in both English and Chinese;
*Presents the most comprehensive synthesis and analysis of major
developments in reforming programs in modernizing the Chinese writing system
This book presents the most comprehensive synthesis and analysis of major
developments in reforming programs in modernizing the Chinese writing
system. It traces the language policy and planning related developments for
Chinese characters, with particular emphasis on post-1950 period in the
People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the more recent challenges that
technology, and particularly the World Wide Web, have posed for the language.