"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 volume offers qualitative as well as corpus-based quantitative studies
on grammatical variation in the British Isles written from a typological
perspective. All studies make use of the Freiburg English Dialect Corpus
(FRED), a computerized corpus for predominantly British English dialects.
Systematic comparative analyses of the following three domains of grammar
form the backbone of the volume: relativization strategies in Scottish
English, Northern Irish English, and in four major dialect areas in England
(Hermann), the so-called Northern Subject Rule, a special agreement
phenomenon known from Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
(Pietsch), and pronominal gender, with a special focus on the typologically
rather unique semantic gender system in the dialects of Southwest England
- It is the first book of its kind. It is rare already in its focus on the
morphology and syntax of dialects. It is unique in its general orientation
and data base.
- The volume is bound to have a major impact on English dialectology and
the study of the grammar of English.