"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.
"John E. Joseph's biography is a rich, scholarly account, exhaustively detailed,
pursuing the Saussure family back into the fifteenth century and forward to the
present day" - Patrick Wilcken, Literary Review
In the first comprehensive biography of Ferdinand de Saussure, John E. Joseph
restores the full character and history of a man who is considered the founder of
modern linguistics and whose ideas have influenced literary theory, philosophy,
cultural studies, and virtually every other branch of humanities and the social