"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.
This textbook is a clear and concise introduction to the study of how new
languages come into being. Starting with an overview of the field's basic
concepts, it surveys the new languages that developed as a result of the
European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Long
misunderstood as "bad" versions of European languages, today such varieties
as Jamaican Creole English, Haitian Creole French and New Guinea Pidgin are
recognized as distinct languages in their own right. "This book is well
written, clear, and accessible to students with a minimum of linguistics
background, and in all it covers well what it sets out to discuss." Studies
in Second Language Acquisition "Holm has worked on these languages for the
best part of three decades, and this is apparent in the width and scope of
his research." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development