"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.
Linguistic Inequality in Scientific Communication Today
What can future applied linguistics do to mitigate disadvantages for non-anglophones?. AILA Review, Volume 20
This volume is dedicated to the implications and consequences of the almost
exclusive use of English as the language of scientific communication. While
until the end of the Seventies of the last century, scientific
communication was characterized by a high degree of shared multilingualism,
a drastic change towards English monolingualism has taken place from the
beginning of the Eighties, at first in the so-called hard sciences (natural sciences, medicine, technology, and mathematics) – under the
threat of the 'bibliometric measurement' via the impact factor – and
gradually also, though still to a lesser extent, in the social sciences and
humanities. The choice of English is usually seen as "natural" or at least
"unavoidable", without considering that it could involve problems and be
inequitable. This volume of AILA Review presents and discusses this
phenomenon and its social implications with the support of a number of
internationally known authors who outline its scientific relevance and put
forward various options of language policy.