"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.
In times of political and economic globalisation proficiency in the English
language has developed into a key competence. The supremacy of English has
also manifested itself in academic communication; research and teaching
across all disciplines are becoming more and more anglophone. Consequently,
academia and the English language as a medium of academic discourse are
faced with new challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, the spread of
English entails the risk of Anglo-American dominance in cultural and
scientific realms leading to disadvantages for non-native speakers of
English. On the other hand, English as a common lingua franca is able to
function as a catalyst for international coopera tion in research and
teaching. The articles in this bilingual (German/English) anthology focus
on discussing the advantages and disadvantages of an increasing anglophony