"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 böhmischen Sprache und ältern Literatur
The Bohemian scholar Joseph Dobrowsky (1753–1829) played a key role in the Czech national revival of the nineteenth century. Born in Hungary, he went to a German school there and also acquired the Czech language. At Prague, he studied philosophy and theology. In the 1780s, Dobrowsky pursued philological interests and helped to establish the Royal Czech Society of Sciences. His linguistic research encompasses work on literary terms, orthography and historically comparative aspects of the Slavic languages. Reissued here is the revised and expanded 1818 edition of a work first published in 1792. In black-letter German, it deals with the origins and development of the Czech language, locating it within the Slavic language family. Dobrowsky also provides a full list of the most important Bohemian theological and literary writings from the sixth to the sixteenth century.
1. Alter und Ursprung der slawischen Sprache; 2. Verhältniss der slawischen Sprache zu andern Sprachen; 3. Kurzer Abriss der slawonischen Sprache; 4. Mundarten der slawischen Sprache; 5. Böhmische Sprache; 6. Schriftarten der Slawen; 7. Schicksale der slawischen Liturgie in Böhmen; 8. Perioden der Kultur der böhmischen Sprache, erste Periode (550–845); 9. Zweite Periode (845–1310); 10. Böhmische Schriften des 13ten Jahrhunderts bis 1310; 11. Dritte Periode vom Jahre 1310 bis 1410; 12. Denkmahle der böhmischen Sprache aus diesem Zeitraume; 13. Vierte Periode (1410–1526); 14. Denkmale aus dem 15ten Jahrhunderte; 15. Gedruckte Bücher in böhmischer Sprache vom Jahre 1475–1500; 16. Fortgesetztes Verzeichniss der gedruckten böhmischen Bücher von 1501–26; 17. Beschluss der vierten Periode: Geschäftssprache, Besetzung aller Amtsstellen mit Böhmen; Zusätze; Berichtigungen; Sprachproben; Inhalt.