"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.
John Lyons is recognized internationally as one of the most influential
scholars in modern linguistics. This volume contains essays spanning many
years of his thought and research, in addition to previously unpublished
pieces. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 make their first appearance here, and set out
the view of linguistics and linguistic theory which underlies the content
of this and a (forthcoming) companion volume. The remaining six chapters
have been either extensively revised or annotated to provide the reader
with their historical context and to bring them into line with the author's