"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 Alternation Strategies in Multilingual Settings
A Case Study: Ghanaian Immigrants in Northern Italy
European University Studies: Series 21, Linguistics. Vol. 289
This book is one of the first systematic studies to describe the linguistic
repertoire and the communicative strategies adopted by Ghanaian
immigrants in Italy.
The linguistic repertoire of the Ghanaian community in Bergamo (Northern
Italy) is described with a special focus on the different codes composing it.
The author analyzes the role that each code plays in expressing the
community members' ethnic and linguistic identity, and the speakers'
attitudes towards each code. She draws on the results of qualitative
analysis - adopting both a macro-sociolinguistic and a micro-sociolinguistic
perspective - of a database of face-to-face interactions and of formal
interviews involving a selected group of Ghanaian immigrants.
The Ghanaian Community in Bergamo and its Province: a Socio-
Demographic and Sociolinguistic Overview
- Language Alternation Strategies in a Conversational Framework
- Conversational Analysis of Code-Switching Occurrences
- Conversational Analysis of Transfer Occurrences.