"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.
Thinking About Language considers the ideas and theories underpinning
language study. It encourages students to begin thinking about ways of
seeing language and introduces past debates and current disputes on the way
that human language works. The book offers a balance between theory and
application and provides an interesting and accessible introduction to the
history of linguistic theory, the variety of different theoretical
approaches to language study and to the current state of the subject.
'The goal of this volume is to provide an introduction to a number of
conceptual and philosophical issues surrounding the nature and study of
language. The book is wonderfully clear and engaging, and deserves a place
in every undergraduate curriculum.' - Geoffrey Poole, School of English
Literature, Language and Linguistics, University of Newcastle, UK