"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 Policy and Modernity in Southeast Asia
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand
This volume considers the ways in which modernity challenges and informs
the language policies of various Southeast Asians nations. Using case
studies from Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, the
authors examine language policies that are explicitly articulated either
in the form of State constitutions or in the public proclamations of
Particular attention is paid to the ways in which English often seems as
the language of globalization, impacts the status of indigenous Southeast
Language Policy and Modernity in Southeast Asia will be of interest to
researchers in both language policy and contemporary political theory.