"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.
Packed with tables, diagrams, and numerous example sentences, and assuming
no prior knowledge of grammatical concepts on the part of the reader, this
volume offers an unmatched guide to the structure of contemporary English.
Arranged in three clear parts for ease of use, the Grammar's comprehensive
coverage ranges from the very basic--such as word structure, simple and
complex phrases, and clause types--to the more sophisticated topics that
lie at the intersection of grammar and meaning, including tense and aspect,
mood and modality, and information structuring.