"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.
Dictionary of European Anglicisms
A Usage Dictionary of Anglicisms in Sixteen European Languages
The first dictionary of its kind to provide an exhaustive comparative
treatment of the influence of English on other European languages.
Covering sixteen selected languages from different language families,
entries consist of words which are recognizably English in form and which
appear in at least one of the languages tested. Entries are comprised of
a brief definition, followed by a summary paragraph containing a wealth of
historical and linguistic information. Many entries are also accompanied
by a grid summarizing the distribution of the word across Europe.