"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.
Lexikon sprachtheoretischer Grundbegriffe des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts
With its 60 articles on some 200 terms, the dictionary provides a
description of the individual concepts in which 17th and 18th century
thinking on language was represented in texts. Account is taken not only of
the synchronic perspective and the continuation of tradition, but also of
the epochal dynamics which made it possible for 17th and 18th century
thinking on language to provide possible conceptualisations for succeeding