"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.
- Does not assume any background knowledge in language or linguistics
- Thoroughly linguistically based
- Focuses on processes of language change that provides explanations and
contextualizes the detailed changes
- Provides great than usual attention to syntax
- Gives a fuller treatment of Indo-European and Germanic
- Incorporates new theories, such as "grammaticalization"
- Offers a balanced focus on formal and cultural aspects of language history
- Most of the examples presented are taken from literary sources,
especially Chaucer and Shakespeare for Middle and Early Modern English,
- Integrates self-testing exercises throughout the book
- Provides recommended web links (external history, pronunciation guides,
grammar reviews, supplemental exercises, sample manuscripts and texts,
maps, etc.) at the end of each chapter