"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.
Lexicographica. Series Maior / Supplementbände zum Internationalen Jahrbuch für Lexikographie 140
This book is concerned with bilingual thematic dictionaries (BTDs). The three
chief aims of the research project are: 1) to identify the characteristic features
of the bilingual thematic dictionary, 2) to gauge its usefulness, and 3) to make
suggestions as to how it could be improved. Various approaches are adopted in
order to reveal the nature of the BTD. The typological approach considers the
lexicographic genres (bilingual, thematic, and pedagogical) which have been
combined to create this hybrid reference work. Particular attention is paid to the
BTD's immediate forerunner and closest lexicographic relative: the monolingual
thematic learner's dictionary. Detailed textual analyses of contemporary
thematic dictionaries identify the characteristic features of the macrostructure,
microstructure, and other components from a structural perspective. In order to
evaluate the usefulness of the BTD features identified, the textual analyses are
supplemented by three pieces of user research involving a questionnaire (to
elicit learners' opinions), a test (on the effectiveness of the access structure),
and an experiment (to discover how a learner uses a BTD).