"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 study of languages in contact is an ever-relevant topic in linguistics,
especially at present times when increasing globalization leads to a number
of new contact situations. This volume features ten papers on various
aspects of language contact by leading specialists in the field. In these
papers, contact-induced change in a wide variety of languages is approached
from various perspectives, reflecting the current state of affairs in
language contact studies. The first main theme in the volume is related to
the linguistic effects of migration, both in the present and in the past,
and both in the standard language spoken by ethnic minorities, and in
immigrant languages that are influenced by the standard. The second theme
concerns border areas, a traditional treasure trove for the study of
contact phenomena. The third theme is about contact effects without
physical contact, as well as the role played by translators in this process.