"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 book presents an investigation of a number of areas of interest in the
study of language change, dealing in particular with questions of how
patterns of pronunciation vary across both time and space. Most of the
illustrative material is drawn from non-standard dialects of English,
especially the varieties spoken in Ireland (Hiberno-English). The
theoretical issues discussed include the following: what role do
articulatory and linguistic constraints play in determining the direction
of sound change? How do social and political pressures influence the
resolution of competition between conflicting local non-standard linguistic
norms? Besides addressing such general issues, the book also offers
insights into several specific areas in the history of English, both in its
standard and vernacular forms. It will thus be of interest to
English-language specialists as well as to historical linguists,
sociolinguists and phonologists.