"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.
History of Linguistics 2008
Selected papers from the eleventh International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XI), 28 August - 2 September 2008, Potsdam
Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 115
This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the 11th International
Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (Potsdam 2008) which are
especially representative of the concerns of the conference and its thematic
range. The reflection about language and the individual languages has
characterized cultures since ancient times and has brought forth different
traditions of the language sciences. The contributions cover the period from
antiquity to contemporary history. In addition to terminological and social history
approaches, they also include research results based on corpora or which
reconstruct theoretical approaches. More than other scholars, linguists are
turning to the history of their science for answers to current questions. This
underscores the value of the history of language sciences for understanding the
present state of linguistics and its development. Interdisciplinarity necessary for
the research of many issues and manifestations of language makes historical
reflections on the disciplines indispensable.