"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.
Lexicographica. Series Maior / Supplementbände zum Internationalen Jahrbuch für Lexikographie 137
Bilingual dictionaries are an important aid in foreign language acquisition
and in interlingual communication. However, when speaking and writing one
needs to be able to formulate whole sentences instead of using single
words. The term syntagmatics encompasses all that surrounds a word in a
sentence. The monograph Syntagmatics in the Bilingual Dictionary explores
what one needs to know about a word to use it correctly in a sentence and
how a dictionary should be structured to convey this information.