"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.
Bjarke Frellesvig describes the development of the Japanese language from
its recorded beginnings until the present day as reflected by the written
sources and historical record. Beginning with a description of the oldest
attested stage of the language, Old Japanese (approximately the eighth
century AD), and then tracing the changes which occurred through the Early
Middle Japanese (800–1200), Late Middle Japanese (1200–1600) and the Modern
Japanese (1600–onwards) periods, a complete internal history of the
language is examined and discussed. This account provides a comprehensive
study of how the Japanese language has developed and
adapted, providing a much needed resource for scholars. A History of the
Japanese Language is invaluable to all those interested in the Japanese
language and also students of language change generally.
- Separates each period into different parts, providing a clear chronological
basis for analysis
- Traces the changes that have occurred in the language from Old Japanese
to Modern Japanese
- Analyses phonological changes as well as those within grammar and vocabulary