"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 study of the Hebrew language in Protestant Europe initiated the
development of modern philology. Christian theology and Jewish tradition
fostered Christian Hebraism, which functioned as a catalyst for many
subjects in the humanities. This volume presents the results of a
conference held in Wittenberg in October 2002. It evaluates the history of
Christian Hebraism, from Jewish grammatical works up to the Hebrew training
of Protestant missionaries. Prominent figures like Ludwig Geiger and
Hermann L. Strack as well as different centres of Hebrew learning from
Basel to Groningen are described in detail in fourteen essays. They focus
on the influence of Humanism, Kabbalah and the renewed discussions about
the philosophical works of Maimonides.