"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.
'Questioning Linguistics' brings together different perspectives on
language studies and applications into a single volume and allows readers
to examine how linguists of diverse traditions study and use this expert
knowledge of language. By doing so, this volume invites us to reconsider
the nature and focus of the field of study and questions a number of
current thoughts about language theory, application, and use. In effect,
the nature of linguistics, linguistic theory, and languages are called into
question, as are the methods that we as linguists may take for granted in
our developed research traditions.
Scholars and researchers from within linguistics and beyond will find this
volume both accessible and engaging, as it gathers the thoughts and
opinions of experts in the field alongside new theorists in an open forum
for discussion that diminishes the borders between these diverse threads.