"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.
Historische Textgrammatik und Historische Syntax des Deutschen [Historical Text Grammar and Historical Syntax of the German Language]
This work is a two-volume compendium dealing with the current state of
historical text grammar. The volumes contain research by well-known
language historians on the historical stages of the German language (from
Old to New High German). The focus is on text grammatical, syntactical,
text typological and methodological questions of language historiography in
Germanic studies. With their all-encompassing perspective, these volumes
represent handbooks on this subject.
* written by leading scholars from the field of language history
* at the cutting edge of current research
* comprehensive and clearly structured