"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.
Providing a comprehensive overview of sociolinguistic methods and areas of
investigation, this engaging and practical text covers every issue of major
concern in the field. Made up of a series of short essays written by
renowned international experts and presented in thematic groups, key topics
language, sex and gender
language and ideology
language and education
language and ethnicity
pidgins and creoles.
With a substantial A-Z glossary of key terms and concepts, directions for
further study, and detailed cross-referencing with links to the glossary,
The Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics is both an essential
broad-based introduction for those new to the field, and a highly useful
reference for established researchers in the area.