"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.
“Variationist Sociolinguistics: Change, Observation, Interpretation” is a
comprehensive and authoritative survey of systematic variation in language,
both present and past. The textbook, aimed at students taking intermediate and
advanced courses in sociolinguistics, outlines the methodologies of research
and data collection in the field, with explanations that go beyond the facts and
into the philosophy of the field. The first real textbook of its kind, “Variationist
Sociolinguistics” is an ambitious and exciting work that will be a must-have for
students and researchers alike. Extra materials and answers to the exercises
are available at www.wiley.com/go/tagliamonte