"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.
Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader is a comprehensive collection of the best
work that has been published in this exciting and growing area of
anthropology and is organized to provide a guide to key issues in the study
of language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice.
Editor Alessandro Duranti's extensive introduction provides an original
perspective on the development of the field and highlights its most
compelling issues. Each section of the volume includes a brief introductory
statement, a set of guiding questions, and a recommended further reading
list. The readings are both historically oriented and thematically
coherent, and are grouped according to four themes: speech community and
communicative competence; the performance of language; language
socialization and literacy practices; and the power of language. Duranti
has taken care throughout to trace theoretical and methodological
connections among different authors and research agendas from anthropology
and other disciplines. This is a collection that stands to serve both
scholars and students.