"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.
The Idea of Writing is an exploration of the versatility of writing systems. This
volume, the second in a series, is specifically concerned with the problems and
possibilities of adapting a writing system to another language. Writing is studied
as it is used across linguistic and cultural borders from ancient Egyptian,
Cuneiform and Korean writing to Japanese, Kharosthi and Near Eastern scripts.
This collection of articles aims to highlight the complexity of writing systems
rather than to provide a first introduction. The different academic traditions in
which these writing systems have been studied use linguistic, socio-historical
and philological approaches that give complementary insights of the complex