"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.
This volume presents a collection of in-depth cross-varietal studies on a broad
spectrum of grammatical features in English varieties spoken all over the world.
The contributions explore the structural unity and diversity of New Englishes
and thus investigate central aspects of dialect evolution and language change.
Moreover, this volume offers new insights into the question as to what
constrains new dialect formation, and examines universal trends across a wide
range of contact situations. The contributions in this volume further study the
possibilities and limitations of quantitative and qualitative corpus analyses in
comparative studies of New Englishes and exemplify novel approaches, e.g. the
contribution of syntactic corpus annotation (tagging and parsing) to the
description of New English structures; the use (and limitations) of web-derived
data as an additional source of information; and the possibility to complement
corpus data with evidence from sociolinguistic fieldwork.