"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.
From Alexandria to Babylon
Near Eastern Languages and Hellenistic Erudition in the Oxyrhynchus Glossary (P.Oxy. 1802 + 4812)
This book provides the first full edition and commentary of the Oxyrhynchus
Glossary (POxy 1802 and 4812). This is a unique document both for the
history of Greek lexicography and for the study of the cultural and
linguistic exchange between the Greeks and the “others” in the Hellenistic
near East. The fragment contains a fully alphabetized glossary with lemmas
defined as “Persian,” “Babylonian,” and “Chaldaean,” as well as lemmas
taken from Greek dialects or common Greek. The entries are rich in
quotations from ancient authorities including Berossus, Apollodorus and
Erasistratus. This glossary had never been analyzed in depth previously.
Francesca Schironi provides a comprehensive introduction and commentary
that places the Oxyrhynchus Glossary into the wider context of Greek
lexicography and scholarship, discusses its interest for non-Greek
languages and the problems related to linguistic exchanges in the Near
Eastern areas, and shows the uniqueness and value of this document. The
Oxyrhynchus glossary and this study will be of interest to classicists,
papyrologists, comparative philologists, and scholars interested in the
history of Greek lexicography and scholarship.