"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.
Dans une perspective d'histoire sociolinguistique, ce livre analyse les conditions qui permirent au français picard d'occuper une place centrale dans la culture écrite des trois derniers siècles du Moyen Âge. Langue de la création littéraire, de l'administration et de la régulation sociale, le picard fut utilisé jusqu'en régions néerlandophones. Sa maîtrise à l'écrit s'appuyait sur un enseignement dans les écoles urbaines du Nord ; les villes en furent d'ailleurs le principal foyer de rayonnement.
Taking a historical sociolinguistic perspective, this book analyses the conditions which allowed the French of Picardie to occupy a central place in the written culture of the last three centuries of the Middle Ages.