"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 and Sexuality: Contesting Meaning In Theory and Practice
Language and Sexuality explores how linguistic practices and language ideologies relate to sexuality and sexual identity. Drawing on work in a variety of fields including sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and queer theory, this volume focuses on the negotiation of meaning in both academic theory and everyday practice. The theoretical discussion in Part I assesses the current state and future possibilities of an emerging field known by many names, such as queer linguistics, language and sexuality, and language and desire, among others. These essays discuss the ongoing debates over the scope of the field and the role of queer theory in sociolinguistic analysis. Part II moves from theory to practice, examining language use in a variety of cultural settings, from the creation of a lesbian community through personals in a French magazine to magic spells among the Petalangan people of Indonesia to narratives of heterosexuality among American college fraternity men. Language and Sexuality brings together the perspectives of this emerging field's foremost scholars with fresh research, promising an engaging mix of new ideas on the many ways that language use may intersect with sexuality.