"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.
Routledge Language Workbooks provide absolute beginners with practical introductions to core areas of language study. Books in the series provide comprehensive coverage of the area as well as a basis for further investigation. Each Language Workbook guides the reader through the subject using 'hands-on' language analysis, equipping them with the basic analytical skills needed to handle a wide range of data. Written in a clear and simple style, with all technical concepts fully explained, Language Workbooks can be used for independent study or as part of a taught class.
Dialects: * introduces the many dialects of English spoken in the United Kingdom * reveals the key issues that dialectology engages with * uses both the international phonetic alphabet and simple representations of sounds to explain pronunciations * involves readers in collecting data * contains numerous illustrative maps * is written in a lively and engaging style, with information on 'posh and less-posh' dialects and spotting your dialect area.
How to use this book. 1. Studying English Dialects 2. Posh and less posh dialects 3. English in many shapes and forms 4. Dialects - the old and the new 5. Dialect maps 6. What dialect maps can tell us 7. How dialect boundaries get to be where they are 8. Spot your dialect area 9. Present tense verbs 10. Different dialects, different grammar 11. Dialect grammar - the old and the new 12. Overdoing things Further reading.