"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 collection of essays brings together a decade of writings on
translation by leading international translation studies expert, Susan
Bassnett. The essays cover a range of topics and will be useful to anyone
with an interest in how different cultures communicate. Bassnett draws
upon her personal experience to explore issues such as why the same things
cannot be expressed in all languages, why translators in war zones risk
their lives for their work, whether humour can travel across cultures, why
translated menus are often so bad and whether poetry does indeed get lost