"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 authoritative introduction to African American English (AAE) is the
first textbook to look at the grammar as a whole. Clearly organised, it
describes patterns in the sentence structure, sound system, word formation
and word use in AAE. The book uses linguistic description and data from
conversation to explain that AAE is not a compilation of random deviations
from mainstream English but that it is a rule-governed system. The textbook
examines topics such as education, speech events in the secular and
religious world, and the use of language in literature and the media to
create black images. This much-needed book includes exercises to accompany
each chapter and will be essential reading for students in linguistics,
education, anthropology, African American studies and literature.