"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.
America's geographical separation from Britain, combined with a range of fresh experiences and contacts, led to the emergence of a new vocabulary and a distinct style of the English language. The development of American English attracted the attention of educationalists and philologists, and this collection reprints a wide range of source texts written on the subject between 1781 and 1921. Bringing together a selection of the most important texts in an accessible form for the first time, this comprehensive eight-volume set is of key importance to scholars and students interested in researching the historical development of English in America.
Available individually, or as part of the eight-volume set American English: 1781-1921. For a complete list of volume titles in this set, see list for American English: 1781-1921 [ISBN: 0-415-27964-X].