"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.
In this study Michael Covington considers the origins and development of
the theories of sentence structure formulated by the Modistae, a group of
grammarians and logicians who flourished in Paris between about 1270 and
1310. Some of the concepts of the medieval theoretical framework, notably
government and dependency, have survived to the present day, and Dr
Covington introduces insights from modern grammatical theories where
appropriate. Nevertheless his principal aim is not to compare medieval and
modern theories, or to provide a comprehensive historical study. Rather,
recognising that ‘it is the difference as much as the similarity that makes
the Modistae interesting’, Dr Covington offers an original critical
exegesis of these influential theories. The book will be accessible both to
linguists who may know little about medieval philosophy and to medievalists
who may know little about linguistics.