"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.
"Loanwords in Japanese" is the first monograph in a Western language to
offer a systematic and coherent overview of the vast number of words borrowed
into Japanese since the mid-16th century. Its publication is timely given the fact
that the loanword stratum’s recent exponential growth has given rise to recent
Japanese government publications seeking to outlaw foreign vocabulary or, at
the very least, offer native translations. Beginning with a history of loanwords,
chapters cover loanword phonology, loanword morphology, loanword orthography
and official and public attitudes to Japanese loanwords. The volume will be of
interest to a wide range of researchers, scholars and students of the Japanese