"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.
The Use of Modal Expression Preference as a Marker of Style and Attribution
The Case of William Tyndale and the 1533 English Enchiridion Militis Christiani
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Can an author's preference for expressing modality be quantified and then used
as a marker of attribution? This book explores the possibility of using the
subjunctive mood as an indicator of style and a marker of authorship in Early
Modern English texts. Using three works by the sixteenth-century biblical
translator and polemicist, William Tyndale, Elizabeth Bell Canon establishes a
predictable preference for certain types of modal expression. The theory of
subjunctive use as a marker of attribution was then tested on the anonymous
1533 English translation of Erasmus' Enchiridion Militis Christiani. Also included
in this book is a modern English spelling version Tyndale's The Parable of the
The Author: Elizabeth Bell Canon holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the
University of Georgia. She is currently Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the
University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.