"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.
Die Rolle der norditalienischen Varietäten in der "Questione della lingua" [The Role of Varieties of Northern Italian in the 'Questione de la lingua']
Eine diachrone Untersuchung zu Sprachbewusstsein, Sprachwissen und Sprachbewertung
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Over a long period, Italian scholars discussed the norm of an Italian standard
language. Finally, the language of Florentine poets of the 14th century emerged
as winner in this competition of various models. Based on texts from the 13th to
the 17th centuries, this book shows that in reflections on language norm, also
Northern Italian dialects and common languages were frequently described,
assessed and in part even defended as counter-model to the Tuscan language.