"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 eighteenth century was a key period in the development of the English
language, in which the modern standard emerged and many dictionaries and
grammars first appeared. This book is divided into thematic sections which
deal with issues central to English in the eighteenth century. These
include linguistic ideology and the grammatical tradition, the contribution
of women to the writing of grammars, the interactions of writers at this
time and how politeness was encoded in language, including that on a
regional level. The contributions also discuss how language was seen and
discussed in public and how grammarians, lexicographers, journalists,
pamphleteers and publishers judged on-going change. The novel insights
offered in this book extend our knowledge of the English language at the
onset of the modern period.
- Presents contributions by leading scholars of English historical linguistics
- Includes a comprehensive timeline of social and linguistic developments in
the eighteenth century
- Provides a user-friendly guide to late modern English language studies