"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 applies the techniques of systemic functional grammar to the
description of the Old English historical dialect, 650-1150 CE. Systemic
functional grammar is an approach to the description of language which
distinguishes three separate functions in communication: language as
representation, language as attitude, and language as the construction of
text. Most applications of systemic functional theory have concentrated on
modern English. This book is the first comprehensive description of the Old
English dialect on systemic functional principles. The book begins with an
outline of systemic functional grammatical theory. It then describes the Old
English clause with a separate grammar for each of the three general
functions it serves, the representational, the attitudinal, and the text-
formative. Other areas covered include structures and functions within
nominal, verbal and adverbial groups; relationships among clauses;
embedding; and cohesion. The book is thus designed to suit the needs of
systemic functional grammarians who are interested in the historical
development of the English language. It is also designed for students of Old
English who are looking for ways of explaining the grammatical system of Old
English on terms other than those of traditional grammar.