"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.
From Old English to Standard English, Third Edition
This practical and informative course book leads the student through the
development of the language from Old English, through Middle and Early
Modern English to the establishment of Standard English in the eighteenth
century. This third edition has been expanded to provide more guidance and
background information for students. New sections have also been added to
outline the development of writing hands and provide a brief introduction
to palaeography. The book also has a fully integrated ancillary website.