"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 first monograph of language policy on Corsica
>Offers a historical approach to French language policy towards regional
>Positions the Corsican case within the wider field of language policy studies
>Information is drawn on up-to-date fieldwork undertaken by the author
>Includes data which feeds into a wider comparison of the situation in
other European countries
This analysis of language policy on Corsica provides the first study of the
three levels of language policy existing on the Mediterranean island of
Corsica. It focuses on the key participants - the State, the language
activists and the islanders - in the language debate that has taken place
across the island since its purchase by France. This book is informed by
recent work on language planning, both theoretical and relating to specific
case studies. At the same time, it engages with trends in sociolinguistics
over the past decades, which have included language planning in their
investigations of languages in contact, language obsolescence and language
death. A central premise of this book is that the three discrete categories
of participants in the language debate are closely interrelated and that
the status and position of Corsican in relation to French cannot be
understood without a thorough exploration of these three strands. This
volume will appeal to researchers and students in French Studies,
sociolinguistics, and especially language policy.