"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.
Vergleichende Syntax der indogermanischen Sprachen
Karl Brugmann originally intended to include a volume on syntax in his
comparative grammar of Indo-European, but as that ambitious project
expanded, he and his publisher enlisted Berthold Delbrück (1842–1922) to
take on the treatment of syntax. Delbrück’s three volumes on inflection and
phrase and sentence structure appeared between 1893 and 1900 and remain the
fullest treatment of Indo-European syntax to this day. In this final
volume, Delbrück again explains that he has not treated the full range of
Indo-European languages, nor tried to explain how the attested forms and
usages arose. Even so, Delbrück marshalls an impressive range of material
as he discusses a comprehensive range of structures from apposition and
simple questions to complex sentences involving co-ordination and
subordination. The volume ends with thorough indexes of words (100 pages),
subjects, literary references, and authors to all three volumes on syntax.