"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 examines the impact of globalization on languages in contact,
including the study of linkages between the global and local, and
transnational and situated communication. It engages with social theory and
social processes while grappling with questions of language analysis raised
by globalized language contact. Drawing on case studies from North America,
Europe and Africa, the volume makes three important contributions to
* argues that concepts of scale and space are essential for understanding
contemporary sociolinguistic phenomena
* shows that the transnational flows and movements of peoples highlight the
problem and work of identity in relation to both place and time
* addresses methodological challenges raised by different approaches to the
study of globalization and language contact.
This cutting-edge monograph featuring research by renowned international
contributors will be of interest to academics researching sociolinguistics,
and language and globalization.