"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.
Language is primarily a tool for communication, yet many textbooks still treat
English grammar as simply a set of rules and facts to be memorised by rote.
This new textbook is made for students who are frustrated with this approach
and would like instead to understand grammar and how it works. Why are there
two future tenses in English? What are auxiliaries and why are they so
confusing? Why are English motion verbs hard to use? Why are determiners so
important in English? These and many other frequently asked questions are
answered in this handy guide. Student learning is supported with numerous
exercises, chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading. An
accompanying website offers further resources, including additional classroom
exercises and a chance to interact with the author. It is the essential
grammar toolkit for students of English language and linguistics and future
teachers of English as a Second Language.