"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.
The Dominance of English As a Language of Science: Effects on Other Languages and Language Communities
The book shows to what degree English is now the dominant language of science. It gives a world-wide overview of various countries on all continents aiming beyond description at explanation and even prediction of future developments. What are the effects of the dominance of English on languages and speakers? Are other languages still being modernized under these conditions? Are their speakers trapped at a permanent disadvantage, or do the advantages of a world-wide lingua franca outweigh disadvantages for everyone? The book provides important background information for language planning and language politics.