"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.
Deutscher Familiennamenatlas [Atlas of German Family Names], Band 2: Graphematik/Phonologie der Familiennamen II
This essential work with its more than a thousand maps and commentaries is
the first to document the surname stock of the Federal Republic of Germany
by statistical occurrence and geographical distribution. It meets the
interests of linguists with a grammatical part (three volumes) dealing with
the phonematics, graphematics, morphematics and syntagmatics of family
names, while cultural historians and population historians are served with
a lexical part (three volumes - surnames by place of origin and domicile,
by occupation and by nicknames, by given names). The atlas provides a new
basis for onomastics. It also presents an indispensable aid to other
disciplines from social history through research into settlement and
migration to genetics.
* Standard work on German onomastics
* Contains more than 1000 annotated maps