"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 and the City provides the first, comprehensive treatment of
language-city relationships, drawing upon research on the language in city
contexts from a global perspective, illustrated by examples from cities
worldwide. Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost proposes a conceptual framework for
understanding language-city relationships through critical reference to the
relational perspective on the city and an ecological view of language. He
counters a 'simplistic biodiversity equals linguistic diversity'
formulation in identifying cities as significant sites of linguistic
diversity and innovation, as well as the sites of language change, language
shift and language death. In the field of language planning and policy,
this book addresses functions of the city in the interests of sustainable