"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.
"The Book of Job in Form" presents to the reader a platform for a personal and
intensive encounter with a great work of art. Its bilingual centre offers the text in
Hebrew and English, and shows the forty poems in their original form, in 412
strophes and 165 stanzas. The commentary points out how these proportions
and the remarkable precision of the poet (who counted syllables on all text
levels) affect the thematics of the book, so that the portrait of the hero can be
redrawn; his stubbornly defended integrity meets vindication and his last words,
generally misunderstood, require a positive understanding. The poetry and its
slim framework in prose are a unified composition which deserves a synchronic