"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.
Old English provides a clear linguistic introduction to English
between the 5th century and the Norman invasion in 1066. Tailored to suit
the needs of individual course modules, it assumes no prior knowledge of
the subject, and presents the basic facts in a straightforward manner,
making it the ideal beginners’ text. Students are guided step-by-step
through the main characteristics and developments of English during that
period, aided by concise chapter summaries, suggestions for further
reading, and a comprehensive glossary. Each chapter is accompanied by an
engaging set of exercises and discussion questions based on authentic
Anglo-Saxon texts, encouraging students to consolidate their learning, and
providing essential self-study material. The book is accompanied by a
companion website, featuring solutions to the exercises and useful
additional resources. Providing essential knowledge and skills for those
embarking on the study of Old English, it is set to become the leading
introduction to the subject.
Cambridge Introductions to the English Language