"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.
It is well known that British and American English differ substantially in
their pronunciation and vocabulary - but differences in their grammar have
largely been underestimated. This volume focuses on British-American
differences in the structure of words and sentences and supports them with
computer-aided studies of large text collections. Present-day as well as
earlier forms of the two varieties are included in the analyses. This makes
it the first book-length treatment of British and American English grammar
in contrast, with topics ranging from compound verbs to word order
differences and tag questions. The authors explore some of the better-known
contrasts, as well as a great variety of innovative themes that have so far
received little or no consideration. Bringing together the work of a team
of leading scholars in the field, this book will be of interest to those
working within the fields of English historical linguistics, language
variation and change, and dialectology.
Studies in English Language
2009/486 pp./122 tables