"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.
Douglas Biber's new book extends and refines the research and methodology
reported in his ground breaking Variation Across Speech and Writing (CUP
1988). In Dimensions of Register Variation he gives a linguistic analysis
of register in four widely differing languages: English, Nukulaelae
Tuvaluan, Korean, and Somali. Using the multi-dimensional analytical
framework employed in his earlier work, Biber carries out a principled
comparison of both synchronic and diachronic patterns of variation across
the four languages. Striking similarities as well as differences emerge,
allowing Biber to predict for the first time cross-linguistic universals of
register variation. This major new work will provide the foundation for the
further investigation of cross-linguistic universals governing the pattern
of discourse variation across registers, and will be of wide interest to
any scholar interested in style, register and literacy.