"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.
Originally published in 1953, this book examines the historical growth of Russian from the 11th century to its modern form. Matthews includes an anthology of texts reflective of this evolution accompanied by an English translation on the facing page. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in linguistics or philology.
Preface; Part I. The Structure of Russian: 1. Introduction; 2. Sounds; 3. Words and forms; 4. Sentences; 5. Dialects; Part II. The Development of Russian: 6. Conjecture and record; 7. The Kijev and Tartar periods (eleventh to the fourteenth centuries); 8. The Moscow period (fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries); 9. The eighteenth century; 10. The nineteenth century and after; 11. The post-revolutionary period; Part III. Specimens: A selection of passages from Russian literature with English versions; Classified bibliography; Index.