"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.
Sprachkritik [Language Criticism. Approaches and Methods of Critical Language Observation]
Ansätze und Methoden der kritischen Sprachbetrachtung
This textbook provides an introduction into linguistically based language
criticism for students of German studies and other philologies as well as
for general readers interested in language criticism. The critique focuses
on the merits of the German language with respect to acquisition,
perception, recognition and presentation of the so-called extralinguistic
reality. The approaches and practical possibilities of language criticism
are presented from three perspectives: "Linguistics, Language Didactics"
and from the point of view of the general public interested in language
* Basic introduction
* Linguistic methodological approach
* Language use