"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 accessible textbook analyzes some central phenomena of the sound
system of standard Southern British English and General American in the
framework of Cognitive Linguistics and Construction Grammar. The sound
patterns are examined from the point of view of the central function of
language, that is, the expression of meaning. The topics covered range from
articulatory phonetics and the more abstract phonological systems to word
stress and intonation. The target readership includes both students and
teachers of English and linguistics.
* an accessible introduction to both English phonology and phonology in
general - suitable for beginners in the field
* each chapter ends with exercises and the invitation to analyze English
and other languages with the tools of Cognitive Linguistics
* now available in paperback