"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.
Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft bei den Griechen und Römern
Heymann Steinthal (1823–99) was a German philologist and university
professor who insisted that the development of linguistics could be
properly understood only when viewed within a general cultural and
philosophical framework. Initially an admirer of Wilhelm von Humboldt,
he increasingly found more value in the works of fellow philologist
August Böckh, to whom this 1863 work is dedicated. In this history of
linguistics, Steinthal explores the concept of language in the Greek and
Roman traditions, with special emphasis on the relationship to logic.
The work is divided into two parts: in the first part, the author accounts
for the nature of language in the philosophy of Plato, the Sophists and
the Stoics; in the second part, he focuses on how grammar has
developed since the Alexandrian school. Steinthal readily admits that
Socratic irony and Aristotelian analytics are not simple concepts and
warns against misrepresenting them by applying a contemporary