"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 traces the development of Standard English, revealing a complex
and intriguing history that challenges the usual textbook accounts. Leading
scholars offer a wide-ranging analysis, from theoretical discussions of the
origin of dialects, to detailed descriptions of the history of individual
Standard English features. Ranging from Middle English to the Modern
English period, the volume concludes that Standard English had no one
single ancestor dialect, but is the cumulative result of generations of
authoritative writing from many text types.