"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 is the first comprehensive book-length analysis of personal pronouns
in present-day English. Drawing on the Survey of English (SEU) corpus and
the International Corpus of English (ICE-GB), Katie Wales examines a wide
range of discourse, types and texts, and of varieties of English around the
world. Her approach is pragmatic and functional, rather than formal, and
her concern is with speakers and writers and their uses of language in
social, cultural and rhetorical contexts. The discussion is illustrated
with numerous examples of the usage of personal pronouns and also of
reflexives and possessives.