"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.
This groundbreaking undergraduate textbook on modern Standard English
grammar is the first to be based on the revolutionary advances of the
authors' previous work, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language
(2002). The analyses defended there are outlined here more briefly, in an
engagingly accessible and informal style. Errors of the older tradition of
English grammar are noted and corrected, and the excesses of prescriptive
usage manuals are firmly rebutted in specially highlighted notes that
explain what older authorities have called 'incorrect' and show why those
authorities are mistaken. This book is intended for students in colleges or
universities who have little or no previous background in grammar, and
presupposes no linguistics. It contains exercises, and will provide a basis
for introductions to grammar and courses on the structure of English not
only in linguistics departments but also in English language and literature
departments and schools of education.