"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.
Paris became the largest city in the Western world during the thirteenth
century, and has remained influential ever since. This book examines the
interlinked history of Parisian speech and the Parisian population through
various phases of immigration, dialect-mixing and social stratification
from the Middle Ages to the present. It reveals how new urban modes of
speech developed during periods of expansion, how the city's elites sought
to distinguish their language from that of the masses, and how a
working-class vernacular eventually emerged with its own "slang" vocabulary.