"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 book showcases recent developments in the field of Japanese Applied
Linguistics. It covers a wide range of current issues and influential
theoretical and methodological frameworks, many of which are of concern not
only for Japanese specialists but also applied linguists in general. At the
same time, the book provides empirical studies that exemplify how these
issues and frameworks manifest themselves in contexts that surround first
and second language speakers of Japanese.
The book is divided into four sections. The first examines language in
action, providing a close analysis of language as it is used in
interactions between speakers. The second section looks at sociological
issues surrounding Japanese speakers, considering factors such as gender,
age, or regional and professional background. Section three explores how
globalization has affected Japanese language use and acquisition. The final
section reflects on classroom teaching of Japanese language and culture.
This comprehensive, in-depth study will be useful for researchers and
graduate students in both applied linguistics and Japanese linguistics.