"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.
Which loan words exist in current German, what is their origin and what role do
they play within the German vocabulary as a whole? For the first time, this book
describes in a systematic and easy-to-read manner how an important and
multifaceted part of German vocabulary has been developing for centuries and
still is evolving today. Knowledge of facts is the best advisor even in public
controversies on loan words, and this is why the book is aimed at a wider
audience. Where special knowledge is required, the reader will find complete and