"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.
Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa
> Theoretically rigorous and innovative - pushes forward theoretical
understanding of concepts such as national identity and language
policy/planning and the way in which they interrelate.
> The first chapters of the book address universal themes and issues in the
study of national identities and language policy and planning. This makes
the book accessible and interesting for sociolinguists, language policy and
ethnicity/nationalism scholars in general, beyond a strictly South African
> Interdisciplinary, non-linguicentric, discussion of the South-African
situation, including a chapter on the issue of Afrikaans.