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"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



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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.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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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.


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Title: The English Language
Written By: Charles Barber
Joan C. Beal
Philip Shaw
Description:

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

This bestselling text by Charles Barber, with updating contributions from Joan
C. Beal and Philip A. Shaw, recounts the history of the English language from
its remote ancestry to the present day. Using dozens of familiar texts, including
the English of King Alfred, Shakespeare and Chaucer, the English language is
explored in terms of where it came from, where it is going, and the global impact
it has had, taking into account the many varieties of English that now exist.
Stimulating and interesting, it is not only written for specialists on language and
linguistics, but also for general readers who take an interest in the subject.


'A clear, readable introduction to language … the layers of vocabulary are dealt
with brilliantly …' Good Book Guide

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781107693937
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