"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 provides comprehensive coverage of language contact in classroom
settings. A thorough analysis of the sources and implications of social
“disadvantage” is presented first, since the nonstandard dialects that
children bring with them to school – and the unfavourable perceptions of
these dialects – have traditionally given rise to educational difficulties.
The persistence of these perceptions is particularly highlighted. More
general issues surrounding the range and implications of language attitudes
are dealt with, as is the important “test case” of Black English. The book
also discusses foreign-language teaching and learning, as well as the
assumptions and intentions underpinning bilingual and multicultural
education. Given its breadth and its style, this book should be of interest
and value to all teachers, as well as to students and researchers concerned
with any aspect of the social life of language.