"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.
Intonation - the rise and fall of pitch in our voices - plays a crucial
role in how we express meaning. This accessible introduction shows students
how to recognize and reproduce the intonation patterns of English,
providing clear explanations of what they mean and how they are used. It
looks in particular at three key functions of intonation - to express our
attitude, to structure our messages to one another, and to focus attention
on particular parts of what we are saying. An invaluable guide to how
English intonation works, it is complete with extensive exercises, drills
and practice material, encouraging students to produce and understand the
intonation patterns for themselves. The accompanying CD contains a wealth
of spoken examples, clearly demonstrating English intonation in context.
Drawing on the perspectives of both language teaching and linguistics, this
textbook will be welcomed by both learners of English, and beginning
undergraduates in phonetics and linguistics.