"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.
Is the world en route to becoming a linguistic colony of the United States? Or is this dramatic view an exaggeration, and there is no danger to linguistic diversity at all? The German language is at the center of an intensive debate on this issue. Its position in the world is under increasing pressure due to the growing importance of (American) English as the language of globalization.
The articles in this volume deal with the national and international position of German in relation to English, language policies, the future of German as a language of science, German in the USA, and the intellectual and aesthetic dimensions of encountering a foreign language. They present critical assessments addressing the dangers for the future of languages other than English, as well as positions which perceive the growing importance of English as a challenge and resource rather than as a threat.
FROM THE CONTENTS:
BERND HÜPPAUF Globalization – Threats and Opportunities
GLOBALIZATION AND LANGUAGE
DAVID CRYSTAL The Past, Present, and Future of World English
ROBERT PHILLIPSON English as Threat or Resource in Continental Europe
HANS JOACHIM MEYER Global English – A New Lingua Franca or a New Imperial Culture?
RUDOLF HOBERG English Rules the World. What Will Become of German?
PETRA BRASELMANN Language Policies in East and West. National Language Policies as a Response to the Pressures of Globalization
THE IMPACT OF ENGLISH ON THE VOCABULARY AND GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURE OF GERMAN
PETER EISENBERG German as an Endangered Language?
HERMANN H. DIETER Does “Denglish” Dedifferentiate our Perceptions of Nature? The View of a Nature Lover and Language “Fighter”
INTERNATIONALIZING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ULRICH AMMON German as an International Language of the Sciences – Recent Past and Present
KONRAD EHLICH The Future of German and Other Non-English Languages for Academic Communication
LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY
WOLFGANG THIERSE The German Language and the Linguistic Diversity of Europe
ANDREAS GARDT Language and National Identity
JOSHUA A. FISHMAN Yiddish and German: An On-Again, Off-Again Relationship – and Some of the More Important Factors Determining the Future of Yiddish
DAVID L. VALUSKA AND WILLIAM W. DONNER The Past and Future of the Pennsylvania German Language: Many Ways of Speaking German; Many Ways of Being American
GERMAN IN THE USA
NIKKY KEILHOLZ-RÜHLE, STEPHAN NOBBE, AND UWE RAU Language Policies of the Goethe-Institut
JOHN LALANDE II The Kulturpolitik of German-Speaking Countries in the USA
ROBERT C. REIMER Self-Inflicted Wounds? Why German Enrollments are Dropping
HELENE ZIMMER-LOEW Meeting the Challenge: The Future of German Study in the United States
PETER WAGENER German in Wisconsin: Language Change and Loss
LANGUAGE AND THE CREATIVE MIND
PRISCA AUGUSTYN The Seductive Aesthetics of Globalization: Semiotic Implications of Anglicisms in German
YASEMIR YILDIZ Critically “Kanak”: A Reimagination of German Culture
JOHN M. GRANDIN Globalization: A Look at the Positive Side