"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.
This book is a comprehensive but accessible description of English as it is
spoken in New Zealand. New Zealand English is one of the youngest native
speaker varieties of English, and is the only variety of English where
there is recorded evidence of its entire history. It shares some features
with other Southern Hemisphere varieties of English such as Australian
English and South African English, but is also clearly distinct from these.
For the past two decades extensive research has focused on the evolution
and ongoing development of the variety. New Zealand English presents the
results of this research in an accessible way.
-A succinct but comprehensive account of the phonetic, phonological,
morphosyntactic, lexical and discourse features which are characteristic of
-A discussion of the historical development of New Zealand English.
-A description of the current social and regional variation within the variety.
-An indication of the areas where change is currently occurring.
-Sample texts and an annotated bibliography of relevant literature.
There are also several associated audio files, which provide examples of
many of the phenomena discussed: http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/dialects/
This book is available in north America from Columbia University Press.