"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.
Historical Linguistics 2009
Selected papers from the 19th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Nijmegen, 10-14 August 2009
The International Conference on Historical Linguistics has always been a forum
that reflects the general state of the art in the field, and the 2009 edition, held in
Nijmegen, The Netherlands, fully allows the conclusion that the field has been
thriving over the years. The studies presented in this volume are an expression
of ongoing theoretical discussions as well as new analytical approaches to the
study of issues concerning language change. Taken together, they reflect some
of the current challenges in the field, as well as the opportunities offered by
judicious use of theoretical models and careful corpus-based work. The
volume's contributions are organized under the following headings: I. General
and Specific Issues of Language Change, II. Linguistic Variation and Change in
Germanic, III. Linguistic Variation and Change in Greek, and IV. Linguistic
Change in Romance.