"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 is a collection of papers presented in Stockholm, at the fourth
Critical Link conference. The book is a well-balanced mix of academic
research and texts of a more practical, professional character. The
introducing article explicitly addresses the issue of professionalism and
how this has been dealt with in research on interpreting. The following two
sections provide examples of recent research, applying various theoretical
approaches. Section four reports on the development of current, more or
less local standards. Section five raises issues of professional ideology.
The final section tells about new training initiatives and programmes. All
contributions were selected because of their relevance to the theme of
professionalisation of interpreting in the community. The volume is the
fourth in a series, documenting the advance of a whole new empirical and
professional field. It is of central interest for all people involved in
this development, interpreters, researchers, trainers and others.