"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 new edition is concerned primarily with the learned vocabulary of
English - the words borrowed from the classical languages. It surveys the
historical events that define the layers of vocabulary in English,
introduces some of the basic principles of linguistic analysis, and is a
helpful manual for vocabulary discernment and enrichment. The new edition
has been updated with a discussion of the most recent trends of blending
and shortening associated with texting and other forms of electronic
communication and includes a new classification of the types of allomorphy.
It discusses important topics such as segment sonority and the historical
shifting of long vowels in English, and includes a new section on Grimm’s
law, explaining some of the more obscure links between Germanic and
Latinate cognates. Exercises accompany each chapter and an online workbook
contains readings and exercises to strengthen knowledge acquired in the