"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.
A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Volume IV: 1937-1984
The starting date of the fourth volume of Julie Coleman's pioneering
history marks the appearance of the most influential slang dictionary of
the twentieth century, Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Slang and
Unconventional English, produced at a time when the Depression had broken
down traditional working-class communities; the United States was a
still-reluctant world power; and another world war was inevitable. If the
First World War unsettled combatants' minds, the second unsettled society.
It challenged values around the world and, as the author shows, offered new
opportunities for vibrant self-expression. Lexicographers recorded a rich
harvest of words and phrases from around the world, reflecting new-found
freedoms from convention, increased social mobility, and the continued rise
of the mass media. Julie Coleman's account ranges across the
English-speaking world. It will fascinate all those interested in slang and
its reflections of social and cultural change.