"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 Cambridge History of the Romance Languages: Volume 1, Structures
This Cambridge History is the most comprehensive survey of the history of
the Romance languages ever published in English. It engages with new and
original topics that reflect wider-ranging comparative concerns, such as
the relation between diachrony and synchrony, morphosyntactic typology,
pragmatic change, the structure of written Romance, and lexical stability.
Volume I is organized around the two key recurrent themes of persistence
(structural inheritance and continuity from Latin) and innovation
(structural change and loss in Romance). An important and novel aspect of
the volume is that it accords persistence in Romance a focus in its own
right rather than treating it simply as the background to the study of
change. In addition, it explores the patterns of innovation (including
loss) at all linguistic levels. The result is a rich structural history
which marries together data and theory to produce new perspectives on the
structural evolution of the Romance languages.