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"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



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Title: Blooming English
Subtitle: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language
Written By: Kate Burridge
URL: http://www.cup.org/linguistics
Description:

English is the most creative, changeable and imaginative of languages. Some
words are invented to meet temporary needs and are quickly discarded;
others carry meanings hundreds of years old. Language fascinates us, and we
spend a lot of time playing with it, concocting everything from puns,
riddles and secret languages to wonderful prose and poetry. We also worry
about it a great deal, looking up and checking words in dictionaries and
usage guides, occasionally arguing about definitions. This book celebrates
our capacity to play with language, as well as examining the ways we use
it: in slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing
unpleasant or inconvenient facts. It is a book for browsing, for finding
beguiling snippets about language, history and social customs, and for
using as a formidable weapon in word games.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521839483
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Pages: 248
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ISBN: 0521548322
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Pages: 248
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