"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.
It has been said there are more Chinese learning English than there are
Americans. We all have a sense that the first decades of the third
millennium, including the effects of the global financial recession, signal
dramatic changes to the shape of the world to come. China’s emergence as a
superpower is one of the few certainties in this rapidly changing world.
What is less well realised is the critical role which China’s decisions
about English will play in the world’s communication profile. This unique
volume explores this question looking at the debates on identity, cultural
values and communication practices. Taking a wide-ranging view and uniquely
blending both Chinese and Western perspectives the volume explores the
critically important cultural consequences of mass English learning in