"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.
English Historical Linguistics 2008
Selected papers from the fifteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 15), Munich, 24-30 August 2008.. Volume I: The history of English verbal and nominal constructions
The fourteen studies selected for this volume – all of them peer-reviewed
versions of papers presented at the 15th International Conference on
English Historical Linguistics 2008 (23–30 August) at the University of
Munich – investigate syntactic variation and change in the history of
English from two perspectives that are crucial to explaining language
change, namely the analysis of usage patterns and the social motivations of
language change. Documenting the way syntactic elements have changed their
combinatory preferences in fine-grained corpus studies renders the
opportunity to catch language change in actu. A majority of studies
in this book investigate syntactic change in the history of English from
this viewpoint using a corpus-based approach, focusing on verbal
constructions, modality and developments in the English noun phrase.
The book is of primary interest to linguists interested in current
research in the history of English syntax. Its empirical richness is an
excellent source for teaching English Historical Syntax.