"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.
Deconstructing Creole is a collection of studies aimed at critically
assessing the idea of creole languages as a homogeneous structural type
with shared and peculiar patterns of genesis. Following up on the critical
discussion of notions of 'creole exceptionalism' as historical and
ideological constructs, this volume tests the basic assumptions that
underlie current attempts to present 'creole structure' as a special type,
from typological as well as sociohistorical perspectives. The sum of the
findings presented here suggests that careful empirical investigation of
input varieties and contact environments can explain the structural output
recourse to an exceptional genesis scenario. Echoing calls to dissolve the
notion of 'creolization' as a special diachronic process, this volume
proposes that theoretically grounded approaches to the notions of
simplicity, complexity, transmission, etc do not warrant considering
so-called 'creole' languages as a special synchronic type.