"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.
The contributors to this book explore the significance of language in
articulating and maintaining identity in the context of power relations at
all levels in society. As globalization gains momentum, and new
technologies emerge, concepts of power and information are reshaped and the
role of language changes. Contributions examine the importance of English
as an indicator of power and influence in global contexts. The authors also
focus on the new transnational context for minority language activists
within the EU. Such benefits have not been extended to speakers of
immigrant languages as the principle of indigeneity continues to remain
central to language policy. Different mother tongues divide migrant and
indigenous populations but relations can be vastly improved with structures
reinforcing intercultural communication. Language can also act as boundary
between peoples of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds and the final
contribution explores changing concepts in the wake of 9/11 and the
subsequent 'war on terror'.