"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.
Most of the time we communicate using language without considering the
complex activity we are undertaking, forming words and sentences in a split
second. This book introduces the analysis of language structure, combining
both description and theory within a single, practical text. It begins by examining
words and parts of words, and then looks at how words work together to form
sentences that communicate meaning. Sentence patterns across languages are
also studied, looking at the similarities and the differences we find in how
languages communicate meaning. The book also discusses how context can
affect how we structure our sentences: the context of a particular language and
its structures, the context of old and new information for us and our
addressee(s), and the context of our culture.