"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.
A Catalogue of Dictionaries, Vocabularies, Grammars, and Alphabets
Born in Ireland, William Marsden (1754–1836) was a pioneer in the study of
oriental languages, in particular those of modern-day Malaysia and
Indonesia. At the age of seventeen he joined his elder brother to work for
the East India Company in Sumatra, and began researching the languages of
the East Indies. He moved to London in 1779 and became associated with its
scientific and academic circles, attending meetings of the Royal Society
and becoming a friend of Sir Joseph Banks. This gave him access to
vocabularies compiled by naval officers, and these, combined with his own
observations, allowed him to produce the pioneering works that made his
reputation. (His History of Sumatra and Dictionary of the Malayan Language
are also reissued in this series.) First
published in 1796, this work helped to fuel the growing interest in
languages and philology at the turn of the nineteenth century.