"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 first decade of the new Scottish Parliament has seen the emergence of a
new-found national confidence. 'Scottishness' is clearly alive and
flourishing. This book offers new and detailed insights into Scottish
language and its usage by the Scottish press. To what extent does the use
of identifiably Scottish lexical features help them to maintain their
distinctive Scottish identity and appeal to their readership? Which
Scottish words and phrases do the papers use and where, is it a symbolic
gesture, do they all behave in the same way, and has this changed since
Combining analysis of broad trends with detailed discussion of individual
Scottish words and phrases, its timely publication coincides with a period
when interest in things Scottish is at an all time high.
This book is available in north America from Columbia University Press.