"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.
English Accents and Dialects: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles, Fifth Edition
"English Accents and Dialects" is an essential guide to contemporary social and
regional varieties of English spoken in the British Isles today. Together with
invaluable overviews of numerous regional accents and dialects, this fifth
edition provides you with a detailed description of key features of Received
Pronounciation (RP) as well as several major non-standard varieties of English.
The main regional differences are followed by a survey of speech in over 20
areas of the UK and Ireland, audio samples of which are available for you to
download at www.hodderplus.com/linguistics. Thoroughly updated to include
recent findings on London English, Aberdeen English and Liverpool English, this
fifth edition of English Accents and Dialects also contains new entries on Hull,
Manchester, Carlisle, Middlesbrough, Southampton, London West Indian,
Lancashire and the Shetlands. This combination of reference manual and
practical guide makes this fifth edition of "English Accents and Dialects" a
highly useful resource that provides you with comprehensive and contemporary
coverage of speech in the UK and Ireland today.