"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 is the second volume in a series of volumes which together will
provide an entirely new history of ancient Greek (narrative) literature.
Its organization is formal rather than biographical. It traces the history
of central narrative devices, such as the narrator and his narratees,time,
focalization, characterization, and space. It offers not only analyses of
the handling of such a device by individual authors, but also a larger
historical perspective on the manner in which it changes over time and is
put to different uses by different authors in different genres. The present
volume deals with time: changes in the order of events (analepsis versus
prolepsis), the speed of narration (events may be recounted scenically or
in the form of a summary), and frequency (events may be recounted once,
repeatedly, or not at all).