"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, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
Central Europe has always been a highly multilingual region but how has
this been affected by the social and political transformations of the last
20 years? The German language in particular has long played a key role in
processes of identification here: but what role is the relationship between
German and other languages playing today in the reshaping of societies and
communities in this rapidly changing region? How is this relationship
articulated in discourses on language and language ideologies? How is it
manifested in individual repertoires and social practices? How is it
determined by social and cultural policies? How is it exploited in the
construction of European identities?
These are just some of the questions addressed in this book, in which
individual studies explore language practices in the multilingual contact
zones of central Europe and the impact of both past and present migrations.
Analysing a wide range of sources from media texts to language biographies
and from business meetings to salsa classes, the authors demonstrate the
local effects of global processes and some of the many ways in which
language figures in contemporary social change.