"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 book combines linguistic and historical approaches with the latest
techniques of DNA analysis and show the insights these offer for every kind
of genealogical research. It focuses on British names, tracing their origins to
different parts of the British Isles and Europe and revealing how names often
remain concentrated in the districts where they first became established
centuries ago. In the process the book casts fresh light on the ancient
peopling of the British Isles. The authors consider why some names die out,
and how others have spread across the globe. They use recent advances in
DNA testing to discover whether particular surnames have a single, dual or
multiple origins and whether various forms of a name have a common origin.
They show how information from DNA can be combined with historical
evidence and techniques to distinguish between individuals with the same
name and different names with similar spellings and to identify the name of
the same individual or family spelt in various ways in different times and
Clearly written and illustrated with hundreds of examples, this book will be
welcomed by all those engaged in genealogical research, including everyone
seeking to discover the histories of their names and families.