"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.
This book is the first comprehensive survey of mood in the languages of
Europe. It gives readers access to a collection of data on mood. Each
article presents the mood system of a specific European language in a way
that readers not familiar with this language are able to understand and to
interpret the data. The articles contain information on the morphology and
semantics of the mood system, the possible combinations of tense and mood
morphology, and the possible uses of the non-indicative mood(s). The
papers address the explanation of mood from an empirical and descriptive
perspective. This book is of interest to scholars of mood and modality,
language contact, and areal linguistics and typology.