"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.
This book explores the history of the English language in China from the
arrival of the first English-speaking traders in the early seventeenth
century to the present. Kingsley Bolton brings together and examines a
substantial body of historical, linguistic and sociolinguistic research on
the description and analysis of English in Hong Kong and China. He uses
early wordlists, satirical cartoons and data from journals and memoirs, as
well as more conventional sources, to uncover the forgotten history of
English in China and to show how contemporary Hong Kong English has its
historical roots in Chinese pidgin English. The book also considers the
varying status of English in mainland China over time, and recent
developments since 1997. With its interdisciplinary perspective, the book
will appeal not only to linguists, but to all those working in the fields
of Asian studies and English studies, including those concerned with
cultural and literary studies.