"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 this comprehensive and pioneering volume, language scholars from around
the world examine the "linguistic landscape" from multiple perspectives –
theoretical, methodological, and critical. Written by widely recognized
experts, the articles in Linguistic Landscape analyze linguistic landscapes
in a range of international contexts. Dozens of photographs illustrate the
use of language in the environment – the words and images displayed and
exposed in public spaces. Suitable for graduate or advanced undergraduate
students in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and language policy
studies, Linguistic Landscape is a vital contribution to a burgeoning field.