"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 1: Minority Languages In The European Union
Developments in the European Union over the last decade have been largely positive from the perspective of stateless and minority ethnic groups and the survival and prosperity of minority languages. This selection of sociologically and ethnographically oriented work enables the reader to compare developments in different ethno-linguistic revival movements within the European Union. The contributions also explore the impact of EU policy and discourse on the individual movements and the orientation of Western Europe as a whole towards linguistic heterogeneity and cultural diversity. A companion volume (0-333-92924-1) examines the status of minority languages in post-1989 Eastern Europe.
Introduction: Minority Languages, Ethnicity and the State in the European Union; C.O'Reilly Many Tongues But One Voice: A Personal Overview of the Role of the European Bureau of Lesser Used Languages in Promoting Europe's Regional and Minority Languages; P-draig O' Riagin State Language Ideology and the Shifting Nature of Minority Language Planning on Corsica; A.Jaffe Catalan is Everyone's Thing: Normalizing a Nation; S.DiGiacomo Irish Language, Irish Identity: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the European Union; C.O'Reilly Ethnic Identity and Minority Language Survival in Brittany; L.Timm When Language Does Not Matter: Regional Identity Formation in Northern Italy; J.Stacul 'Old' and 'New' Lesser Used Languages of Europe: Common Cause?; T.Cheesman 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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