"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 volume covers the language situation in Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire,
Nigeria and Tunisia, explaining the linguistic diversity, the historical
and political contexts and the current language situation, including
language-in-education planning, the role of the media, the role of
religion, and the roles of non-indigenous languages. The authors are
indigenous and/or have been participants in the language planning context.
Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Tunisia are not well represented in the
international language policy/planning literature, while the section on
Nigeria draws together the published literature in this area. The purpose
of the volumes in this series is to present up-to-date information on
polities that are not well-known to researchers in the field. A longer
range purpose is to collect comparable information on as many polities as
possible in order to facilitate the development of a richer theory to guide
language policy and planning in other polities that undertake the
development of a national policy on languages. This volume is part of an
areal series which is committed to providing descriptions of language
planning and policy in countries around the world.