"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.
In this fourth part of his general work on syntax, published in 1879, Berthold
Delbrück (1842–1922), the German scholar remembered for his contribution to
the study of the syntax in Indo-European languages (his three-volume
Vergleichende Syntax der indogermanischen Sprachen is also reissued in this
series), concentrates on the syntax of ancient Greek. His focus is deliberately
broad as he seeks to engage classicists who are interested in linguistics or in
how the Greek language was actually used, rather than in highly specialised
case studies. In twelve chapters, Delbrück guides the reader through the
gender and case of nouns, and explains some features seen as peculiarities of
Homeric Greek which in fact demonstrate its kinship as an Indo-European
language with the Vedic language of the Hindu scriptures. He also covers the
tenses and moods of verbs, prepositions, pronouns and particles, and word