"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 English spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador has long been recognised as
a distinct variety within North America. Known for its conservatism,
Newfoundland English has retained close affinities with its linguistic
roots - the traditional dialects of southwest England and southeast
Ireland. Since joining Canada in 1949, the region has undergone substantial
socioeconomic and cultural change. It has also experienced considerable
linguistic change, much of which involves adoption of community-external,
or supralocal, features on the part of younger generations. As a result,
Newfoundland English displays a degree of internal variation that has few
parallels in the English-speaking world.
*an accessible description of the phonological, grammatical and lexical
features that characterise the English of Newfoundland and Labrador
*an account of the province's linguistic variation in terms of historical,
regional and social factors
*language samples from both traditional and contemporary speakers
*an overview of published work from earlier centuries to the present.