"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 contributors to Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices investigate
the workings of language ideologies in relation to other social processes
in a globalizing world. They explore in detail the specific ways in which
language ideologies underpin language policy and the relationship between
public policies and individual practices. Particular attention is given to
Europe, where the impetus to social transformation within and across
national boundaries is in renewed tension with conflicting national and
supra-national interests, with these tensions reflected in the complex
issues of language choice and language policy.