"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 History of English Spelling” reveals the complex history of Modern English
spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present
day. The book provides a highly detailed, letter-by-letter analysis of the Old
English basis of Modern English spelling, followed by in-depth coverage of the
contributions from the many languages that have contributed to current
orthography, revealing the richness of the complex and often frustrating
alphabetic spelling system used in the English language. A complementary
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