"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 History of English' provides an accessible introduction to the changes
that English has undergone from its Indo-European beginnings to the present
day. The text looks at the major periods in the history of English, and
provides for each a socio-historical context, an overview of the relevant
major linguistic changes, and also focuses on an area of current research
interest, either in sociolinguistics or in literary studies. Exercises and
activities that allow the reader to get 'hands-on' with different stages of
the language, as well as with the concepts of language change, are also
By explaining language change with close reference to literary and other
textual examples and emphasising the integral link between a language and
its society, this text is especially useful for students of literature as
well as linguistics.
'Ever wonder why...?'
The Old English period (449–1066)
The Middle English period (1066–1500)
The Early Modern English period (1500–1800)
The Modern English period (1800 >)