"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.
Vorlesungen über Syntax: mit besonderer Berücksichtigung von Griechisch, Lateinisch und Deutsch
In 1920–1924 Jacob Wackernagel (1853–1938), Professor of Comparative
Philology at the University of Basel, published two volumes of lectures on
Greek, Latin and German syntax based on his 1918–1919 courses for beginning
undergraduates (who would already have studied all three languages at
school). Wackernagel introduces the principles of grammatical functions and
cross-linguistic work, and provides a foundation for the understanding of
comparative syntax. The book remained in print for many decades thanks to
its lively style and well-chosen examples from classical texts. The
Sanskritist Louis Renou (1896–1966), writing on Wackernagel in 1938,
asserted that ‘no linguist could possibly afford to ignore this book’, and
it remains of interest to historical linguists and scholars of classical
languages today. In this, the first volume, Wackernagel outlines the
history of syntactic theory from ancient times to the present, and provides
a detailed treatment of the verb.