"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.
William Diver of Columbia University (1921-1995) critiqued the very roots of
traditional and contemporary linguistics and founded a school of thought that
aims for radical aposteriorism in accounting for the distribution of linguistic
forms in authentic text. Grammatical and phonological analyses of Homeric
Greek, Classical Latin, and Modern English reveal language to be an instrument
whose structure is shaped by its communicative function and by the peculiarly
human characteristics of its users. Diver's foundational works, many never
before published, appear here newly edited and annotated, with introductions by
the editors. The volume presents for the first time to a wide audience the depth
and originality of Diver's iconoclastic thought.