"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 book helps students of English and linguistics to place the language
of the period 1500-1700 in its historical context as a language with a
common core but also as one which varies across time, regionally and
socially, and according to register. The volume focuses on the structure of
what contemporaries called the General Dialect - its spelling, vocabulary,
grammar and pronunciation - and on its dialectal origins. The book also
discusses the language situation and linguistic anxieties in England at a
time when Latin exerted a strong influence on the rising standard language.
The volume includes:
*the major changes in English from the 15th to the 18th century
*emphasis on long-term linguistic developments
*sources for the study of Early Modern English
*illustrations ranging from drama and personal letters to trials and early
*exercises encouraging further exploration of the changing English language.
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