"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.
Modality and Mood in Romance
Modal interpretation, mood selection, and mood alternation
This collective volume contains a selection of research contributions,
presented at the 30th "Deutscher Romanistentag" [German Conference
on Romance languages and literatures] in 2007 in Vienna in the section
“Mood and Modality in Romance”. The Romance languages studied here
include Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Catalan and French. All
contributions thematically explore the status and importance of
modality and mood and their reciprocal relationships with reference to