"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.
Contemporary Indian English: Variation and Change offers the first
comprehensive description of Indian English and its emerging regional
standard in a corpus-linguistic framework. Drawing on a wealth of authentic
spoken and written data from India (including the Kolhapur Corpus and the
International Corpus of English), this book explores the dynamics of
variation and change in the vocabulary and grammar of contemporary Indian
English. The aims are to document the extent of lexical and grammatical
nativization at the beginning of the twenty-first century and compare
contemporary Indian English to other varieties around the world (for
example British and American English). The results are relevant to
sociolinguists, variationists and lexicologists seeking to investigate
ongoing language change in emerging standard varieties of English. With its
strong empirical foundation and its comparative outlook, the book is also
of interest to anyone looking for an introduction to the corpus-based
description of varieties of English.