"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, Ecology and Society' presents a view of language and ecology
from a dialectical perspective. In this analysis, language is seen as a
multidimensional phenomenon, which both shapes and is shaped by mind,
nature and society.
Contributing to the field of ecolinguistics, this volume proposes a new
paradigm termed Dialectical Linguistics, pioneered by Jørgen Christian Bang
and Jørgen Døør and based on research spanning three decades. The book
argues for a politically and morally responsible approach to language and
linguistics. The book opens with an introduction by Sune Vork Steffensen
outlining the theory of Dialectical Linguistics and the history of
ecolinguistics and stressing the importance of Bang and Døør's contribution
to this global movement.