"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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In the last five hundred years or so, the English language has undergone
remarkable geographical expansion, bringing it into contact with other
languages in new locations. It also caused different regional dialects of
the language to come into contact with each other in colonial situations.
This book is made up of a number of fascinating tales of
historical-sociolinguistic detection. These are stories of origins – of a
particular variety of English or linguistic feature – which together tell a
compelling general story. In each case, Trudgill presents an intriguing
puzzle, locates and examines the evidence, detects clues that unravel the
mystery, and finally proposes a solution. The solutions are all original,
often surprising, sometimes highly controversial. Providing a unique
insight into how language contact shapes varieties of English, this
entertaining yet rigorous account will be welcomed by students and
researchers in linguistics,
sociolinguistics and historical linguistics.