"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.
Language in Australia provides a wide-ranging account of the present
linguistic situation in Australia, primarily from a sociolinguistic
perspective. The focus is mainly descriptive, and the chapters aim to
provide a comprehensive overview and summary of what is known about
Australia's languages as well as a guide to current areas of research
interest. Throughout the volume, the contributors pay special attention to
issues arising from the socio-historical situation in which Australia's
languages and language varieties coexist. The volume covers both indigenous
and non-indigenous languages, and contains a section specifically on
'community' languages, and also one on public policy and social issues
relating to English. No other book offers such a broad survey of the
language situation in Australia. Linguists as well as non-linguists will
find in this volume, which is a companion to Language in the USA and
Language in the British Isles, a guide and reference source to the rich
linguistic heritage of Australia.