"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 Shift and Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self and Syncretism in a Papua New Guinea Village
Don Kulick's book is an anthropological study of language and cultural
change among a small group of people living in the Sepik region of Papua
New Guinea. He examines why the villagers of Gapun are abandoning their
vernacular in favor of Tok Pisin, the most widely spoken language in Papua
New Guinea, despite their attachment to their own language as a source of
identity and as a tie to their lands. He draws on an examination of village
language socialization process and on Marshall Sahlins's ideas about
structure and event.