"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 monograph constitutes the first comprehensive investigation of
reciprocal constructions and related phenomena in the world’s languages.
Reciprocal constructions (of the type The two boys hit each other, The
poets admire each other’s poems) have often been the subject of
language-particular studies, but it is only in this work that a truly
global comparative picture emerges. Nine stage-setting chapters dealing
with general and theoretical matters are followed by 40 chapters containing
in-depth descriptions of reciprocals in individual languages by renowned
specialists. The introductory papers provide a conceptual and
terminological framework that allows the authors of the individual chapters
to characterize their languages in comparable terms, making it easy for the
reader to see points of commonality between languages and constructions
that have never been compared before. This set of volumes is an
indispensable starting point and will be a lasting reference work for any
future studies of reciprocals.