"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, Ethnicity and The State
Volume 2: Minority Languages in Eastern Europe Post-1989
The political and social upheavals following 1989 have had a significant impact on the minority languages of Eastern Europe. There have been attempts at enlightened treatment of minority linguistic groups in some of the new states but in others such groups have been openly oppressed. This volume draws on sociologically and ethnographically oriented work from a number of disciplines to allow the reader to compare developments in the different states, and to examine the interplay of language issues, ethnic nationalism, and processes of state formation and restructuring in the various political and historical contexts of Central and Eastern Europe. A companion volume (0-333-92925-X) examines the status of minority languages in the European Union.
CONTENTS: List of Tables Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors Introduction; Minority, Languages, Ethnicity and the State in Post-1989 Eastern Europe; C. O'Reilly Language, Nationalism and the Yugoslav Successor States; R.Greenberg Debating Language: The Bulgarian Communities in Romania after 1989; R. Guentcheva From Irredentism to Constructive Reconciliation? Germany and its Minorities in Poland and the Czech Republic; S.Wolff Language Ideology and Language Conflict in Post-Soviet Belarus; C.Woolhiser The Politics of Language in Moldova; T.Hegarty Ethnic Discrimination in Latvia; J.Dobson Language, Nation and State-building in Ukraine: The Jewish Response; R.Golbert Bibliography Index
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CAMILLE O. REILLY is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Richmond, the American International University in London. She is the author of The Irish Language in Northern Ireland: The Politics and Culture of Identity and of many articles on nationalism, the Irish language and Northern Ireland.
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