"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.
The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600
Classical Latin appears to be without regional dialects, yet Latin evolved
in little more than a millennium into a variety of different languages (the
Romance languages: Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese etc.). Was regional
diversity apparent from the earliest times, obscured perhaps by the
standardisation of writing, or did some catastrophic event in late
antiquity cause the language to vary? These questions have long intrigued
Latinists and Romance philologists, struck by the apparent uniformity of
Latin alongside the variety of Romance. This book establishes that Latin
was never geographically uniform. The changing patterns of diversity and
the determinants of variation are examined from the time of the early
inscriptions of Italy, through to late antiquity and the beginnings of the
Romance dialects in the western Roman provinces. This is the most
comprehensive treatment ever undertaken of the regional diversification of
Latin throughout its history in the Roman period.