"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 provides a vital student resource - a single-volume critical
survey of the complete history of Western theoretical linguistics (grammar
and semantics, including logic) from Plato till today. The volume
concentrates on those issues that are of central concern to present-day
theoretical linguistics, but also draws attention to episodes and issues
that have unjustifiably slid into oblivion, such as the 18th century French
grammarians or the great subject-predicate debate between 1850 and 1930. An
effort has also been made to interpret events and developments in
linguistic theory in terms of the more general cultural and economic
movements of the periods concerned. It contains many expository and
exegetic quotations, together with critiques of theoretical positions and,
sometimes, of academic behavior. The book can serve as a basic text for a
course on the history of linguistics, and as a collateral text in various
courses on the theory of grammar and semantics.