"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.
Are you looking for a genuine introduction to the linguistics of English
that provides a broad overview of the subject that sustains students’
interest and avoids excessive detail? Introducing English Linguistics
accomplishes this goal in two ways. First, it takes a top-down approach to
language, beginning with the largest unit of linguistic structure, the
text, and working its way down through successively smaller structures
(sentences, words, and finally speech sounds). The advantage of presenting
language this way is that students are first given the larger picture -
they study language in context - and then see how the smaller pieces of
language are a consequence of the larger goals of linguistic communication.
Second, the book does not contain invented examples, as is the case with
most comparable texts, but instead takes its sample materials from the
major computerised databases of spoken and written English, giving students
a more realistic view of language.