"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.
This volume provides the first-ever sociolinguistic analysis of English on
the island of St Helena, the oldest variety of English in the Southern
Hemisphere. It is based on a concise synchronic profile of the variety
(describing its segmental phonology and morphosyntax) and an evaluation of
diachronic material in the form of letters, court cases, ghost stories,
etc. The analysis is embedded into a theoretical framework of contact
linguistics (contact dialectology and pidgin/creole linguistics) and builds
upon the social and sociodemographic development of the community. The aims
of this book are to trace the origins and evolution of the variety, to
pinpoint the forms of English it affiliates with today and the inputs it
derived from historically and to investigate whether local contact
scenarios have led to the formation of regionally distinctive varieties
across the island. Insights from St Helenian English thus challenge us to
rethink principles of classification that are applied to determine the
status of post-colonial varieties of English.