"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 comprehensive account of the history of Chinese lexicography is the
first book on the subject to be published in English. It traces the
development of Chinese lexicography over three millennia, from the Zhou
Dynasty (1046 BC-256 BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Revealing how the
emergence of lexicographical culture in ancient China was linked to the
teaching of ancient characters, it describes the subsequent development of
primers, thesauruses, and dictionaries of all major types, including those
of dialects and technical terms. These works originated and appeared in
ancient China, predating their western counterparts by hundreds of years:
and in one form or another most of them remain in use today.
Throughout their account the authors show how changes in the organization,
content, use and researches of Chinese lexicographical works reflected
broader social and political developments. This book not only makes an
important and original contribution to the history of Chinese lexicography
and the social and cultural history of China but also provides illuminating
insights into world lexicography and new forms of comparative researches in
lexicography in the global context.