"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 is a guide to Italian usage for students who have already acquired the
basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Unlike conventional
grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar
which cause most difficulty to English-speakers. Careful consideration is given
throughout to questions of style, register, and politeness which are essential
to achieving an appropriate level of formality or informality in writing and
speech. It surveys the contemporary linguistic scene in Italy and gives ample
space to the new varieties of Italian that are emerging in modern Italy. The
influence of the dialects in shaping the development of Italian is also
acknowledged. Clear, readable and easy to consult via its two indexes, this is
an essential reference for learners seeking access to the finer nuances of the