"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 embodies the current trends towards inter- and intra-disciplinary
studies specifically within the areas of Literature, Linguistics, and
Translation. It is a collection of original and insightful essays by
Malaysian academics, reflecting state-of-the-art research, and seen through
traditional and modern lenses of conceptualising reality or “spaces” within
the fields mentioned. The uniqueness of this book lies in its attempts to
provide textual and theoretical readings from a variety of positions and
perspectives. The multi-disciplinary approach taken will appeal to readers
from diverse backgrounds, particularly with the contemporary emphasis on
and celebration of heterogeneity in all its forms within a global context.