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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?

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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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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: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
Written By: David Crystal
Description:

This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge
Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language
study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas
have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms
from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of
which
half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this
century.

- All language statistics have been updated, and additional information
provided about their linguistic affiliation
- All topics involving technology have been revised to take account of recent
developments, notably in phonetics, language disability, and computing
- Maps have been revised to include new countries or country names
- Special attention has been paid to fast-moving areas such as language
teaching and learning
- The text design has been completely updated with many new illustrations
throughout

'... a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing
complexity and limitless variety' London Review of Books


'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language is a masterpeice of
comprehensiveness and clarity.’ New Internationalist


'... an ingenious tour de force ... stunningly diverse linguistic menu.'
Robert
Burchfield, The Times

'... magnificently demonstrates Professor Crystal's outstanding breadth of
knowledge, incisiveness of judgment and superb skills at getting to the heart
of highly complex issues in a clear and straightforward manner.' Randolph
Quirk, FBA

'... David Crystal has a great facility for explaining language issues with
plain good sense, wit and admirable brevity.' The Times Educational Supplement

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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