“Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.” J. Goethe


I think that learning foreign languages is a great fun, I suppose. I agree with the quotation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, because the more a person knows, the wider is his outlook. Linguistics itself includes a number of branches and fields like biolinguistics. descriptive linguistics, ecolinguistics, language engineering, cognitive linguistics, comparative linguistics, sociolinguistics etc.
The most interesting branch of linguistics for me is lexicology. This is the most flexible part of language: new words or expressions or constructions come to our life every day and go out of use. Also such branches as sociolinguistics and computational linguistics seem to be really of current interest. One of the most difficult and important branches is decipherment: the ancient languages demand good historical and language knowledge and still there are undeciphered languages like Proto-Euphatean languages (also known as “banana languages” or Scythian (Middle Iranian) languages. I think this field is going to improve in the nearest future.



Dr. Goodword’s Office


For my research i have chosen the ‘Historical Dictionary of American Slang’, because modern language is interesting, it always develops and new words come to language every day.
The dictionary is useful, searching is easy and understandable. We can search for a single word or to browse them by letter. The number of words is quite big, I suppose, enough for an average student or person, who wants to study modern informal language. The only letter with no words found is ‘X’.
Every word is written in a bit bigger font and marked with a color. Next to every word we can see its part of speech, explanation, example of using in sentence and the time, when this or that word appeared. Most of the words are dated 20th century, but there are ‘older’ words as well. The earliest year I found was 1170s.
Except the dictionary itself, this web-site contents some other options. For example “Good Word”. Every day they put a new word on this page and give an explanation, some notes and a short word history. Also there are different games for learning language, for example crosswords.
The dictionary is cosy and easy to use, all options are understandable even for 10-11 year old children, who have just started to learn english.