"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.
The language we use forms an important part of our sense of who we are – of
our identity. This book outlines the relationship between our identity as
members of groups – ethnic, national, religious and gender – and the
language varieties important to each group. What is a language? What is a
dialect? Are there such things as language 'rights'? Must every national
group have its own unique language? How have languages, large and small,
been used to spread religious ideas? Why have particular religious and
linguistic 'markers' been so central, singly or in combination, to the ways
in which we think about ourselves and others? Using a rich variety of
examples, the book highlights the linkages among languages, dialects and
identities, with special attention given to religious, ethnic and national