"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.
There are many questions yet to be answered about how Standard English came
into existence. The claim that it developed from a Central Midlands dialect
propagated by clerks in the Chancery, the medieval writing office of the
king, is one explanation that has dominated textbooks to date. This book
reopens the debate about the origins of Standard English, challenging
earlier accounts and revealing a far more complex and intriguing history.
An international team of fourteen specialists offer a wide-ranging
analysis, from theoretical discussions of the origin of dialects, to
detailed descriptions of the history of individual Standard English
features. The volume ranges from Middle English to the present day, and
looks at a variety of text types. It concludes that Standard English had no
one single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of
authoritative writing from many text types.