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"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



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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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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.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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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.


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Title: A History of the English Language
Edited By: † Richard M. Hogg
David Denison
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521662273
Description:

The history and development of English, from the earliest known writings to
its status today as a dominant world language, is a subject of major
importance to linguists and historians. In this authoritative volume, a
team of international experts cover the entire recorded history of the
English language, outlining its development over fifteen centuries. With an
emphasis on more recent periods, every key stage in the history of the
language is covered, with full accounts of standardization, names, the
distribution of English in Britain and North America, and its global
spread. New historical surveys of the crucial aspects of the language
(sounds, word-structure, grammar and vocabulary) are presented, and
historical changes that have affected English are treated as a continuing
process, helping to explain the shape of the language today. Comprehensive
and fully up-to-date, the volume will be indispensable to all advanced
students, scholars and teachers in this prominent field.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521662273
ISBN-13: 9780521662277
Pages: 510
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00

 
 
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 0511166400
ISBN-13: 9780511166402
Prices: U.S. $ 112.00