"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.
Writing, Society and Culture in Early Rus, c. 950-1300
This is the first comprehensive study of the origins and early uses of
Russian writing. Simon Franklin examines a wide range of writings, from the
parchment manuscripts of the Orthodox Church, through the Novgorod
birch-bark documents, to inscriptions on stone and metal. He analyzes the
texts from a variety of perspectives, and presents fascinating insight into
this crucial aspect of Russian history. The impressive scholarship and
idiosyncratic wit of the volume commend it to specialists in Russian
history and Russian literature.