"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.
How are the sounds of German produced? How do German speakers stress their
words? How have the sounds of German developed over time? This book
provides a clear introduction to the sounds of German, designed
particularly for English-speaking students of the language. Topics covered
include the role of the organs of speech, the state of the vocal cords and
the differences between vowels and consonants. The articulation,
distribution, spelling and the major variants of each sound are examined in
detail. The book also discusses the regional differences between dialects
and between the national standard varieties in Germany, Austria and
Switzerland. Students are encouraged to put theory into practice with end
of chapter questions. Setting a solid foundation in the description and
analysis of German sounds, The Sounds of German will help students improve
their pronunciation of the language by introducing them to the basics of
its sound system.