"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.
Widely published author Howard Jackson has written a student-friendly, comprehensive introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of contemporary English. Grammar and Vocabulary covers the core areas of grammar and vocabulary: words and sentences, word classes, word structure, slots and fillers, sentence patterns, clause and phrase, grammar rules and vocabularies Drawing on a vast range of real texts including articles from The Guardian to a poem by Betjemen, this introduction also provides classic readings by Halliday, uirk, Ayto and Trudgill. This introduction uses real studies designed and conducted by students to facilitate understanding for all who wish to pursue these core aspects of language usage.