"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.
Gendered and sexual identities are unstable constructions which reveal a
great deal about the ideologies and power relationships affecting
individuals and societies. The interaction between gender/sex studies and
translation studies points to a fascinating arena of discursive conflict in
which our intimate desires and identities are established or rejected,
(re)negotiated or censored, sanctioned or tabooed.
This volume explores diverse and heterogeneous aspects of the manipulation
of gendered and sexual identities. Contributors examine translation as a
feminist practice and/or theory; the importance of gender-related context
in translation; the creation of a female image of secondariness through
dubbing and state censorship; attempts to suppress the blatantly
patriarchal and sexist references in the German dubbed versions of James
Bond films; the construction of national heroism and national identity as
male preserve; the enactment of Chamberlain's 'gender metaphorics' in
Scliar and Calvino; the transformation of Japanese romance fiction through
Harlequin translations; the translation of the erotic as a site for testing
the complex rewriting(s) of identity in sociohistorical terms; and the
emergence of NRTs (New Reproductive Technologies), which is causing
fundamental changes in the perception of 'creativity' or 'procreation' as