"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 Sentence in Written English
A Syntactic Study Based on an Analysis of Scientific Texts
Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published book.
A substantially revised edition of Huddleston's contribution to Sentence
and Clause in Scientific English, the final report of a research project
into the linguistic properties of scientific English carried out at
University College London in 1964–7. The book has two complementary aims:
to analyze certain areas of the grammar of 'common-core' English - the
grammar that is common to all varieties of the language - and to apply this
analysis to a selective grammatical description of a corpus of some 135,000
words of written scientific English. The theoretical framework underlying
the description is that of transformational grammar but the author also
draws heavily on M. A. K. Halliday's work on English grammar. Full details
of the corpus are given in the appendix. The texts are arranged in three
levels, high, middle and low, according to the audience addressed by the
author - scholarly, student and general/popular.