"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.
Note: This is the second edition of a previously published work.
Faithful to the spirit of Trask’s original text but updated to cover recent
developments, this book is an introduction to historical linguistics – the
study of language changes over time. Written in an engaging style and
illustrated with examples from a wide range of languages, the book covers
the fundamental concepts of language change, methods for historical
linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, sociolinguistic aspects of language
change, language contact, the birth and death of languages, language and
prehistory and the issue of very remote relations. A minimal knowledge of
linguistic concepts is needed and the book is suitable for undergraduate
students approaching the subject for the first time. The exercises will be
particularly useful to teachers and students alike.