"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.
Standard German is spoken by approximately 95 million people worldwide.
This book provides an introduction to the linguistic structure of standard
German that is rich in descriptive detail and grounded in modern linguistic
theory. It describes the main linguistic features: the sounds, structure
and formation of words, structure of sentences, and meaning of words and
sentences. It surveys the history of the language, the major dialects,
German in Austria and Switzerland, as well as sociolinguistic issues such
as style, language and gender, youth language, and English influence on
German. Prior knowledge of German is not required, as glosses and
translations of the German examples are provided. Each chapter includes
exercises designed to give the reader practical experience in analyzing the
language. It is an essential learning tool for undergraduate and graduate
students in German and linguistics.