"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.
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 39
The volume features a selection of new work presented at the 2004 meeting
of the International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL).
Main conference themes reflected in this volume are: the maturation and
broadening of historical corpus linguistics, a new interest in English for
Specific Purposes as a diachronic phenomenon, and the role of grammar
writing in the process of change. A further thematic strand of this book is
significance of functional aspects in the development of grammar and
discourse, especially in domains beyond phonology and morphology. Several
contributions focus on the operation of socio-pragmatic and functional
factors in historically identifiable social networks, especially in the 18th
century. Apart from that there is also a strong emphasis on developments in
the 19th and 20th centuries.
Minoji Akimoto: On the Decline of after and forth in Verb Phrases
- Anita Auer: Precept and Practice: The Influence of Prescriptivism on the
- Joan C. Beal/Anthony P. Grant: "Make do and mend": An Online
Investigation into Processes of Neologisation and the Dearth of Borrowing in
Newer English Wartime Vocabulary
- Claudia Claridge: 'With the most superlative felicitee': Functions of the
Superlative in 19th-Century English
- Thomas Egan: Pronominal and Full Nominal Subjects in Expanding
- Larisa Oldireva Gustafsson: Irregular Verbs in 17th- and 18th-Century
English Grammars: A Maze of Classifications
- Minna Palander-Collin/Minna Nevala: Reporting in 18th-Century Letters of
- Günter Rohdenburg: The Role of Functional Constraints in the Evolution of
the English Complementation System
- Anni Sairio: Progressives in the Letters of Elizabeth Montagu and her Circle
- Elena Seoane: Changing Styles: On the Recent Evolution of Scientific
British and American English
- Stefan Thim: Phrasal Verbs in Late Middle and Early Modern English:
Combinations with back, down, forth, out, and up
- Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade: "Disrespectful and too familiar?"
Abbreviations as an Index of Politeness in 18th-Century Letters.