"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.
Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription
"Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription" is the first textbook to
clearly describe the speech of Australians. This groundbreaking work addresses
Australian English pronunciation characteristics, and provides detailed
instruction in both phonetic and phonemic transcription of the dialect. Through
comprehensive coverage of traditional and revised systems of phonemic
transcription, "Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription" offers an
astute and engaging exploration of one of the core global dialects of English.
"Australian English Pronunciation and Transcription" is complemented by an
extensive Website which provides further explanatory materials and exercises
with audio examples. This unique text, in tandem with these valuable
pedagogical features, is an essential resource for students and teachers of
linguistics, speech pathology and language education.