"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.
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First published in 1970, this book examines the traditional grammar, very
briefly for its Greek and Latin origins, and fully during its first two hundred
years as 'English' grammar. It asks when the application of Latin grammar to
English was made; how far it was made knowingly; whether anyone protested
that English needed a a grammar of its own. The two hundred and seventy-
two English grammars known up to 1800 are studied. Dr Michael shows that
the old grammatical tradition is much less unanimous and authoritative than
is often supposed, and describes a previously unknown movement to reform
English grammar and make it more suited to English, which was expressed in
about forty grammars during the first half of the eighteenth century. The book
also provides much evidence about the relation between logic and language,
especially in making definitions, and about methods of teaching during the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.