"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 book brings together a variety of approaches to English corpus linguistics
and shows how corpus methodologies can contribute to the linking of diachronic
and synchronic studies. The articles in this volume investigate historical
changes in the English language as well as specific aspects of Middle and
Modern English and, moreover, of English dialects. The contributions also
discuss the development of English corpus linguistics generally and its potential
in the future. Special focus is given to the continuity between Middle and
Modern English – much in line with the linking in previous studies of Middle
English and Old English under the generic term “medievalism”. This volume
highlights the continual development of English from the medieval to modern