"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 book analyses the concept of language allegiances, and, more broadly,
language-based identities in a multilingual society such as the US. The
guiding theme of the chapters that comprise this volume is the
identification of specific beliefs and attitudes towards language, and how
these lead to particular actions in the spheres of language ideology, legal
litigation, educational agendas, political strategies and cultural
identities. The authors share the idea that, whether it is based on reality
or a perception of reality, there is a privileged connection between
language and identity.