"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.
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Serving as a basic introduction to the field of English morphology and word-
formation, this book also tries to advance the state-of-the-art in this field in a
number of respects. The author takes his readers gently through the basic
notions in English morphology and word-formation and discusses problematic
areas and definitorial questions. All chapters are approached systematically
from three different angles focusing on structural, cognitive and sociopragmatic
aspects of the field. In this way, new perspectives are opened particularly on
the development and establishment of new complex words, on the cognitive
functions of word-formation patterns and on the field of conversion.