"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.
Patterns in Language addresses the real needs of students who may not have an extensive background either in traditional literature or in linguistic theory. This student-friendly textbook uses the principles of linguistic analysis to investigate the aesthetic use of language in literary (and non-literary) texts. Written in straightforward, accessible language with imaginative examples and a humorous tone, it shows how linguistic knowledge can enhance and enrich the analysis of texts. The authors borrow from traditional stylistics, but focus primarily on the recurring linguistic patterns which are used by writers of poetry, fiction and drama. The authors draw on a wide variety of textual sources to illustrate their observations, making reference to both canonical literature and modern literary texts, as well as to popular fiction, television and the language of advertising. Exercises designed to develop the students' understanding of the material are provided at every stage, and sample answers are also included.