"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.
Pronominal Gender in English
A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective
This book investigates the use of English third person pronouns (he, she,
it) across different varieties of English, where we frequently find 'he'
and 'she' used for inanimate objects (the tree – he, the house – he, the
bucket – he, but the water – it). It is the first book-length study of this
subject. Varieties of English are discussed in the context of Germanic and
Romance languages and dialects as well as a small sample of additional
languages. The analysis is conducted within the framework set out by
functional typology. With this book a straightforward and illuminating
generalization in terms of the well known hierarchy of individuation is
offered, which provides a systematic link between pronominal usage in
Standard English and its varieties.