"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.
Language and Space. An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation
Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft / Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science / [HSK] 30/2
The Handbook of Language Mapping aims to explore the core
methodological and theoretical approaches of linguistic cartography.
In both empirical and theoretical linguistics, the spatial variation of
language is of increasing interest and the visualization of language in
space is therefore also of growing significance. It is the precondition
for correct data interpretation. But how does it work? What has to be
considered when drawing a map? And how has the problem been
tackled so far? This book provides answers to such questions by
taking a closer look at the theoretical issues surrounding cartography
and at the concrete practice of mapping. The fundamental issues
raised are addressed particularly well, since linguistic geography is not
only one of the domains with a lengthy tradition, it is also one of the
most progressive fields in linguistics. At the same time, because of
their visual primacy, linguistic maps directly confront the challenges
of human perception and aesthetics. In this context, envisioning the
fruits of language mapping is a fascinating and inspiring endeavor,
not just for experts. With its accessible texts and wealth of full-color
images, the handbook not only represents a comprehensive manual
serving the interests of a variety of readers, it also fills a gap in the
ongoing linguistic discourse.
* concise overview of the material presented in different thematic
* a collection of colored maps allows serious browsing in a very
comprehensive and pleasing way
* a vital tool for academic work and fascinating for non-specialists