"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.
Language and Ritual in Sabellic Italy
The Ritual Complex of the Third and Fourth Tabulae Iguvinae
Brill's Studies in Indo-European Languages & Linguistics,
The Iguvine Tables (Tabulae Iguvinae) are among the most invaluable
documents of Italic linguistics and religion. Seven bronze tablets
discovered in 1444 in the Umbrian town of Gubbio (ancient Iguvium), they
record the rites and sacral laws of a priestly brotherhood, the Fratres
Atiedii, with a degree of detail unparalleled elsewhere in ancient Italy.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach that combines philological and
linguistic, as well as ritual analysis, Michael Weiss not only addresses
the many interpretive cruces that have puzzled scholars for a century and a
half, but also constructs a coherent theory of the entire ritual
performance described on Tables III and IV. In addition, Weiss sheds light
on many questions of Roman ritual practice and places the Iguvine Tables in
their broader Italic and Indo-European contexts.