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"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



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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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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.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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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.


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Title: The Oxford History of English
Edited By: Lynda Mugglestone
Description:

"The Oxford History of English" traces the language from its obscure
Indo-European roots to its position as the world's first language. In
accounts made vivid with examples from an immense range of documentary
evidence, including letters, diaries, and private records, fifteen experts
describe the history of English in all its versions, written and spoken.
They reveal the language's rich and protean variety over the centuries and
chart the progress of all its versions, standard, regional, and
international. With impeccable and approachable scholarship, they describe and
explain its constantly changing sounds, words, meanings, and grammar. This
is a book for everyone interested in the English language, present and past.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199544395
ISBN-13: 9780199544394
Pages: 512
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