"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.
Chicano English in Context is the first modern, comprehensive study of Chicano English, a variety spoken by millions of Latinos in the U.S. It is also one of the first studies of ongoing sound change within an ethnic minority community. It briefly describes the phonology, syntax and semantics of this variety, and explores its crucial role in the construction of ethnic identity among young Latinos and Latinas. It also corrects misconceptions in how the general public views Chicano English. CONTENTS:
List of Tables - List of Figures - Acknowledgements - Introduction - Fieldwork in the Los Angeles Chicano Community - The Social Context of the Chicano Community - Phonetics and Phonology of Chicano English - Syntax and Semantics of Chicano English - Sociolinguistics of Chicano English I: Phonetic Variation - Sociolinguistics of Chicano English II: Syntactic Variation - Bilingualism and Spanish Fluency - Language Attitudes - Conclusions: The Future of Research on Chicano English: Where Do We Go From Here - References - Index CARMEN FOUGHT is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College, Claremont, California. She is the author of Ethnicity which appears in the Handbook on Language Variation and Change.