"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 spread of English around the world has been and continues to be both
rapid and unpredictable. World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic
Varieties deals with this inescapable result of colonisation and
globalisation from a social and linguistic perspective. The main focus of
the book is on the second-language varieties of English that have developed
in the former British colonies of East and West Africa, the Caribbean,
South and South-East Asia. The book provides a historical overview of the
common circumstances that gave rise to these varieties, and a detailed
account of their recurrent similarities in structure, patterns of usage,
vocabulary and accents. Also discussed are debates about language in
education, the rise of English in China and Western Europe, and other
current developments in a world of global travel and migration.