"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.
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
'...a major enterprise comparable to a grand retrospective of the painting
of some prominent artist of a distinctive school.'
- Roy Harris, Times Literary Supplement
The tenth volume in Professor M.A.K. Halliday's collected works includes
papers focusing on Language and Society. The papers provide a framework for
understanding the social meaning of language, and the relation of language
to other social phenomena. The volume begins with Professor Halliday's
ground-breaking work on the users and uses of language. Subsequent chapters
are organized around a discussion of sociolinguistic theory, and the
relation between language and social class and social structure.