"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 accessible, single volume text provides a lively overview of English
around the world. The book is illustrated with fascinating examples of
varieties of English taken from fiction, popular culture, newspapers, and
transcriptions of the recordings on the accompanying compact disc. It also
includes an introduction to the principles of linguistic variation,
varieties of English as a second language, and future trends. Nearly all
areas of the world in which English is spoken are represented including the
American South, the Shetland Islands, St. Kitts, and many others.
This title is distributed in the United States by Oxford University