"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.
Auf dem Weg zur Fachsprache
Sprachliche Professionalisierung in der psychiatrischen Schreibpraxis (1800-1939)
This monograph illuminates the origin and development of psychiatric
terminology from a linguistic perspective. The study begins with the period
around 1800 when the first mental hospitals were founded, then goes on to
describe the consolidation of academic psychiatry at the beginning of the
20th century and ends by elucidating the use of psychiatric terminology
during the Nazi era. The development of a specialized vocabulary and the
kinds and styles of texts specific to psychiatry are presented using case
studies derived from the evaluation of extensive source material.