"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.
Linguistics and hermeneutics are often regarded as two mutually exclusive
scholarly disciplines. Recent decades, however, have witnessed the rise of
linguistic approaches that take meaning back to the heart of their inquiry
and can be fruitful for textual interpretation. This book applies the
insights of two such approaches, i.e. functional grammar and cognitive
semantics, to the study of Biblical Hebrew with a specific focus on Job
12-14. The result is two-fold. The study offers a detailed linguistic
analysis, providing many new insights in the linguistic peculiarities of
the text and Biblical Hebrew in general. Moreover, it proposes a fresh
exegetical reading of Job’s longest and central speech in the book.