"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.
New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics
Selected papers from 12 ICEHL, Glasgow, 21–26 August 2002: Volume II: Lexis and Transmission
This is the second of two volumes of papers selected from those given at
the 12th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics. The
first is New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics (1): Syntax and
Morphology. Together the volumes provide an overview of many of the issues
that are currently engaging practitioners in the field. In this volume, the
primary concern is with the historical study of the English lexicon and its
sound and writing systems. Using research tools such as machine-readable
text and lexical corpora, and intellectual tools such as corpus and
cognitive linguistics, many of the papers move from a close study of a set
of data to conclusions of theoretical significance, often concerning
questions of classification and organisation. More broadly, whether
concerned with lexicology or transmission, the papers have a social
orientation, since neither lexicology nor phonology can be seen as divorced
from its social setting.