"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.
Prior to the publication of this volume in 1987, scholars interested in Old
English alliterative meter discovered a number of intriguing restrictions
on verse form, and their discoveries proved useful in the editing of texts
and in research on the early history of the English language. It had proved
impossible up to this point however, to capture these restrictions in a
plausible system of rules. In this book Professor Russom obtained a
coherent and comprehensive rule system using the insights of linguistic
theory. The rules of this system apply not just to stress and syllable
count but to other features of work structure as well. Russom claims, in
particular, that the concept of ‘metrical foot’ appropriate for analysis of
Old English poetry corresponds to the concept of ‘word pattern’ used in
linguistic analysis. In Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory the author
explains these rules carefully, justifies them from a linguistic point of
view and goes on to apply them to a wide variety of problems. The results
should interest not only those who deal with Old English texts, but also
metrists and linguistics generally.