"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.
Mesopotamian Poetic Language: Sumerian and Akkadian
Proceedings of the Groningen Group for the Study of Mesopotamian Literature, Volume 2
This collection of articles is the result of the second meeting of the
Mesopotamian Literature Group (Groningen), held in Groningen from 12 till
14 July 1993. The topics treated by these scholars from six countries range
from theoretical issues to specific analyses, from broad structures to
linguistic textures, including metaphorical language as well as phonic
features; also, various poetical techniques and strategies are studied. The
interest is more in the questions that are raised than in the answers
given, and the matter of legitimization of our theoretical bases runs
throughout most contributions, this being the aim of the Group.