"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.
When first published in 1980, Dialectology broke new ground by giving an
integrated account of the social and regional aspects of dialectology. In
this updated edition, the authors offer new sections on dialectometry and
mapping variability, as well as updates of recent developments.The book
examines dialectology in its widest sense, as the study of the way
language, dialect and accent varies from place to place, social group to
social group and time to time. As a comprehensive account of all aspects of
dialectology this new edition makes an ideal introduction to the subject.