"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.
Aperçu général de la science comparative des langues
The German-born philologist Louis Benloew (1818–1900) studied at Berlin,
Leipzig and Göttingen before settling in France. Aperçu général de la
science comparative des langues (first published in 1858) is his best-known
work. In this second edition of 1872, which includes his own further
research on the Celtic languages, he uses the comparative study of grammar
and vocabulary to identify relationships between languages and to classify
them into families. Not all of his conclusions - especially those
connecting the so-called Japhetic (i.e. Indo-European) family to the
Semitic languages - are still accepted, but the ambitious scope of his work
and the range of his world-wide comparisons provide a useful insight into
the state of linguistic research in the mid-nineteenth century.