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"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



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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

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.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

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.


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Title: Early Modern English Dialogues
Subtitle: Spoken Interaction as Writing
Written By: Jonathan Culpeper
Merja Kytö
Description:

Language is largely comprised of face-to-face spoken interaction; however,
the method, description and theory of traditional historical accounts of
English have been largely based on scholarly and literary writings. Using
the Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760, Culpeper and Kytö offer a unique
account of the linguistic features in several speech-related written
genres, comprising trial proceedings, witness depositions, plays, fiction
and didactic works. The volume is the first to provide innovative analyses
of several neglected written genres, demonstrating how they might be
researched, and highlighting the theories which are needed to underpin this
research. Through this, the authors are able to create a fascinating
insight into what spoken interaction in Early Modern English might have
been like, providing an alternative perspective to that often presented in
traditional historical accounts of English.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521835410
ISBN-13: 9780521835411
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