"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.
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In this new edition of TUFS Studies in Linguistics, we aim to
showcase the various linguistics research conducted at Tokyo University of
Foreign Studies. In this first volume, we report on the international
symposium hosted by the Global Center of Excellence Program "Corpus-based
Linguistics and Language Education (CbLLE)" throughout 2008. Also in this
collection, we consider the timeless linguistics issue of "variation" by
utilizing the corpus analysis method. Whether sociolinguistic, stylistic or
individual, variations manifest in a variety of ways throughout time and
space and are closely related to issues surrounding linguistic theories.
Additionally this volume includes other research upon diverse themes such
as diachronic variation analysis, lexical variations, second language
acquisition and bilingualism.