"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.
I am currently investigating Leonard Bloomfield's reputation as a teacher,
as part of a larger project on his contributions to Germanic linguistics.
I have found several relevant studies so far (Moulton 1970, Hall 1975, and
Haas 1986), but was hoping to trace more (for instance, I understand that
Harry Hoijer commented somewhere on this topic, but I have been unable to
find the relevant work).
Any leads, references, etc. would be greatly appreciated.