"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.
English Words: A Linguistic Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible
introduction to the study of English words from a theoretically informed
- accessibly written to give students a command of basic theory, skills in
analyzing English words, and the foundation needed for more advanced study
in linguistic theory or lexicology.
- covers basic introductory material and investigates the structure of
- introduces students to the technical study of words from relevant areas
of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical
linguistics and psycholinguistics.
"A very special book that captures, at an introductory level, the variety
of things linguists find fascinating about the history and structure of
English." -- Will Leben, Stanford University