"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.
Structural Nativization in Indian English Lexicogrammar
This book contains the first in-depth corpus-based description of structural
nativization at the lexis-grammar interface in Indian English, the largest
institutionalized second-language variety of English world-wide. For a set of
three ditransitive verbs "give", "send" and "offer" - collocational
patterns, verb-complementational preferences and correlations between
collocational and verb-complementational routines are described. The present
study is based on the comparison of the Indian and the British components of
the International Corpus of English as well as a 100-million-word web-derived
corpus of acrolectal Indian newspaper language and corresponding parts of the
British National Corpus. The present corpus-based ‘thick description’ of
lexicogrammatical routines provides new perspectives on the emergence of new
routines and patternings in Indian English and is conceptually and
methodologically relevant for research into varieties of English worldwide.