"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.
Human history has been characterised by the movement of peoples from one
part of the world to another. The current tendency towards globalisation
has accentuated this movement. While the proliferation of economic ties and
the speed of travel and communication have made the world a much smaller
place, any particular location within the world is now faced with an
increasing degree of contact between cultures and languages. Migrating
people bring with them languages in various stages of planning, with
differing status and with differing relationships to their personal and
The present study explores the ways in which three immigrant communities
have adjusted and adapted to a new setting in Australia , and the ways in
which the host community has contributed to this process. It focuses
specifically on the ways in which patterns of language use contribute to
the maintenance of a pre-migration identity and/or the negotiation of a new
one. The languages chosen for this research are Macedonian,
Filipino/Tagalog and Somali.