"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 Chinese language, spoken by over one billion people, has undergone
drastic changes over the past century. This book presents a comprehensive
and up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late
nineteenth century up to the 1990s. It describes and analyses in detail,
from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the establishment and
promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese and Modern Written Chinese, and the
reform of the Chinese script, and reveals the interaction of linguistic,
historical and social factors in the recent development of the language.