"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 English language varies in a number of ways, depending on the people
who use it, how it is used and in what circumstances. Varieties of Modern
English gives readers the tools needed to understand the diversity of the
English language and the issues surrounding it. The author introduces the
key terms and concepts for studying variation related to both users and
uses, as well as to illustrate and discuss particular varieties of English.
This text is suitable for undergraduate courses in varieties of English,
language variation, sociolinguistics and the history of English.