"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 volume provides a critical examination of ideas about everyday
creativity, introducing a variety of approaches to its study. It explores
an argument that has become influential within English language studies -
that speakers and writers routinely use language creatively, and that there
is some continuity between such everyday creativity and literary language.
Chapters examine poetic language, narrative and performance in everyday
conversation, along with a range of written genres (from graffiti and text
messages to online chat).