"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.
Respecting Linguistic Diversity in the European Union
After the accession of ten new member-states in 2004, the number of
official EU languages increased from eleven to twenty. In 2005, the Council
of the European Union decided to expand the existing legal framework for
Irish and for other languages, such as Basque, Catalan and Galician, which
are official in all or part of the territory of a given member-state. On 1
January 2007 Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU, increasing the number of
official EU languages still further. This book addresses the challenge of
respecting linguistic diversity within the EU and is intended as an
introduction to the issue for those not already familiar with EU law. It
also provides an analysis of the potential of the Charter of Fundamental
Rights of the European Union to enhance respect for linguistic diversity.
Each chapter has been written by a recognised expert in the field. The
appendices bring together the basic legal norms relating to linguistic
diversity within EU institutions.