"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.
What is ethnicity? Is there a ‘white’ way of speaking? Why do people
sometimes borrow features of another ethnic group’s language? Why do we
sometimes hear an accent that isn’t there? This lively overview reveals the
fascinating relationship between language ethnic identity, exploring the
crucial role it plays in both revealing a speaker’s ethnicity and helping
to construct it. Drawing on research from a range of ethnic groups around
the world, it shows how language contributes to the social and
psychological processes involved in the formation of ethnic identity,
exploring both the linguistic features of ethnic language varieties and
also the ways in which language is used by different ethnic groups.
Complete with discussion questions and a glossary, Language and Ethnicity
will be welcomed by students and researchers in sociolinguistics, as well
as anybody interested in ethnic issues, language and education,
inter-ethnic communication, and the relationship between language and identity.