"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.
Where does today's English come from? This new edition of the bestseller by
Charles Barber tells the story of the language from its remote ancestry to
the present day. In response to demand from readers, a brand new chapter on
late modern English has been added for this edition. Using dozens of
familiar texts, including the English of King Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare,
and Addison, the book tells you everything you need to know about the
English language, where it came from and where it’s going to. This edition
adds new material on English as a global language and explains the
differences between the main varieties of English around the world. Clear
explanations of linguistic ideas and terms make it the ideal introduction
for students on courses in English language and linguistics, and for all
readers fascinated by language.