"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.
Minority Languages and Cultural Diversity in Europe
To what extent is linguistic continuity a prerequisite for ethno-cultural
survival? Focusing on the Gaelic community in Scotland and the Sorbs of
Lusatia, this study illuminates core assumptions and rationales in relation
to minority language revitalisation ideologies in Scotland and Germany and
shows how they have been affected by assimilation processes arising from
modernisation and globalisation. A thorough review of relevant theoretical
debates is followed by a presentation of historical contexts and a detailed
analysis of contemporary discourses about bilingualism, cultural difference
and ethno-cultural belonging within the Gaelic and Sorbian communities.
Drawing on more than 100 interviews, a questionnaire survey and a wide
range of comments by Gaelic and Sorbian speakers in the media, the author
identifies current ideological faultlines in Gaelic and Sorbian activist
circles and argues that minority language planners must critically engage
with competing theoretical paradigms if revitalisation efforts are to be