"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.
Spezielle Wortschätze und ihre Kodifizierung in deutschen Wörterbüchern [Specific Vocabularies and Their Codification in German Dictionaries]
Lexicographica. Series Maior / Supplementbände zum Internationalen Jahrbuch für Lexikographie 139
This volume covers more than 200 years of recording specific language in
German explanatory dictionaries. For the first time, the comparative
analysis of six dictionaries from the 18th to the 20th century provides
reliable data which subject areas were covered lexicographically and which
special methods of marking were used. Nautical language serves as an
example to show constancy and changes in adding new specific vocabularies
in the above mentioned time period. A broad overview of specific language
research since the 19th century rounds off the book.