"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.
This volume covers the language situation in Japan, Nepal and Taiwan, as
well as the modernisation of Chinese characters in China, explaining the
linguistic diversity, the historical and political contexts and the current
language situation, including language-in-education planning, the role of
the media, the role of religion, and the roles of non-indigenous languages.
Two of the authors are indigenous and the other two have been participants
in the language planning context in these countries. The purpose of the
volumes in this series is to present up-to-date information on polities
that are not well known to researchers in the field. A longer range purpose
is to collect comparable information on as many polities as possible in
order to facilitate the development of a richer theory to guide language
policy and planning in other polities that undertake the development of a
national policy on languages. This volume is part of an areal series which
is committed to providing descriptions of language planning and policy in
countries around the world.