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"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



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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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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.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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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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Title: Voices of Modernity
Subtitle: Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality
Written By: Richard Bauman
Charles L. Briggs
Description:

Language and tradition have long been relegated to the sidelines as
scholars have considered the role of politics, science, technology and
economics in the making of the modern world. This novel reading of over two
centuries of philosophy, political theory, anthropology, folklore and
history argues that new ways of imagining language and representing
supposedly premodern people - the poor, labourers, country folk,
non-europeans and women - made political and scientific revolutions
possible. The connections between language ideologies, privileged
linguistic codes, and political concepts and practices shape the diverse
ways we perceive ourselves and others. Bauman and Briggs demonstrate that
contemporary efforts to make schemes of social inequality based on race,
gender, class and nationality seem compelling and legitimate, rely on
deeply-rooted ideas about language and tradition. Showing how critics of
modernity unwittingly reproduce these foundational fictions, they suggest
new strategies for challenging the undemocratic influence of these voices
of modernity.

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‘I can think of no one who has covered the terrain that they have in such
breadth and depth … one of the best accounts of language ideology I have
encountered.’ Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521008972
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 374
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