"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 history of English writing is, to a considerable extent, the history of
instructional writing in English. This volume is the first collection of
papers to focus on instructional writing throughout the history of the
language. Spanning a millennium of English texts, the materials studied
represent procedural and behavioural discourse in a variety of genres. The
primary texts, from Ælfric's homilies to medieval cooking recipes to
seventeenth-century American conduct literature to present-day language
textbooks, display a variety of linguistic devices typical of instruction.
The materials nonetheless differ with respect to the explicitness of their
instructive purpose. Bringing together a broad range of instructional
writing from the Old, Middle and Modern English periods, this collection
celebrates the sixtieth birthday of Risto Hiltunen, who has successfully
combined discourse-linguistic approaches with the history of English in his
research, and inspired the colleagues and former students contributing to