"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.
Linguistic analyses, language policies and didactic concepts
Receptive multilingualism refers to the language constellation in which
interlocutors use their respective mother tongue while speaking to each
other. Since the mid-nineties receptive multilingualism is promoted by the
European commission on par with other possibilities of increasing the
mobility of the European citizens. Throughout the last ten years a marked
increase in the research on this topic has been observable. This volume
reveals new perspectives from different theoretical frameworks on
linguistic analyses of receptive multilingualism in Europe. Case studies
are presented from contemporary settings, along with analyses of historical
examples, theoretical considerations and, finally, descriptions of
didactical concepts established in order to transfer and disseminate
receptive multilingual competence. The book contains results from research
carried out at the Research Center on Multilingualism at the University of
Hamburg as well as contributions by various international scholars working
in the field of receptive multilingualism.