"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 articles collected in this volume draw on or relate to a body of work
that has become known as the New Literacy Studies (NLS), which studies
literacy as situated semiotic practices that vary across sites in specific
ways that are socially shaped. The collection offers a body of empirically
and theoretically based papers on literacy ethnography as well as providing
engagements with critical issues around literacy and education. The
articles offer complementary perspectives on research and theory in
literacy studies and include research perspectives from Africa, Asia,
Australia, Europe, as well as North and South America. The researchers are
all concerned to take the work of the New Literacy Studies further by
expanding on its conceptual resources and research sites.