"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.
Tempus und "Mündlichkeit" im Mittelhochdeutschen [Tense and Orality in Middle High German]
Zur Interdependenz grammatischer Perspektivensetzung und
What does the grammatical category tense have to do with orality, and how
can this relationship be investigated in historical context? This study
explores this question based on a detailed empirical investigation of the
Middle High German tense system. Here the textual and functional
distribution of the tenses are traced back to a binary structured system
depending on two different discourse modes, thus showing an indirect
relationship between tense and historical orality.