"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.
Thirty years ago, a new linguistic paradigm was created when Einar Haugen,
for the first time, combined language with ecology. For Haugen, 'the
ecology of language' meant the study of the interrelations between
languages in the human mind and in the multilingual community. Since then,
a special branch of linguistics, named ecolinguistics, has developed in
which the connection between language and ecology has been established in a
variety of ways and by using a multitude of methods and approaches. This
reader contains important articles from all the different fields of
ecolinguistics - a volume long overdue for a discipline now recognized as a
significant contribution to variety within the subject.