"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.
The Language of Daily Life in England (1400-1800) is an important
state-of-the art account of historical sociolinguistic and socio-pragmatic
research. The volume contains nine studies and an introductory essay which
discuss linguistic and social variation and change over four centuries.
Each study tackles a linguistic or social phenomenon, and approaches it
with a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, always embedded
in the socio-historical context. The volume presents new information on
linguistic variation and change, while evaluating and developing the
relevant theoretical and methodological tools. The writers form one of the
leading research teams in the field, and, as compilers of the Corpus of
Early English Correspondence, have an informed understanding of the data in
all its depth. This volume will be of interest to scholars in historical
linguistics, sociolinguistics and socio-pragmatics, but also e.g. social
history. The approachable style of writing makes it also inviting for