"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.
"Introductory Phonetics and Phonology of English" attempts to give a
practical guide to the learner in all ramifications of theoretical and
practical uses of the phonetics and phonology of the English language.
Useful suggestions and tips were also given on how to do it yourself to
overcome the terror of the sounds of English. An attempt was also made to
give detailed information on the workings of the prosodic features of
English. This was especially necessary, as they remain, largely, the most
confounding aspect of the English language to the average Nigerian speaker
The distinctive phonological features of the English sounds were also
painstakingly discussed to help make the identification and description of
the sounds of English even more interesting and accessible. The discussion
on the phonological tendencies of the sounds of the English language is
meant to help the reader see the English sounds as functional entities that
go beyond the theoretical descriptions of their articulatory processes in
This book thus serves as a useful introductory text. If the success of the
first edition is anything to go by, it is obvious that many students at
both undergraduate and postgraduate levels have found the book a helpful
guide into understanding and mastering the phonetics and phonology of
English. Moreover, certificate class students of the secondary school level
have also found the many segmental and suprasegmental examples very
practical and helpful to their mastery of the English phonetics.