"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.
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Language in Canada provides an up-to-date account of the linguistic and
cultural situation in Canada, primarily from a sociolinguistic perspective. The
strong central theme connecting language with group and identity will offer
insights into the current linguistic and cultural tension in Canada. The book
provides comprehensive accounts of the original 'charter' languages, French
and English, as well as the aboriginal and immigrant varieties which now
contribute to the overall picture. It explains how they came into contact - and
sometimes into conflict - and looks at the many ways in which they weave
themselves through and around the Canadian social fabric. The public policy
issues, particularly official bilingualism and educational policy and language,
are also given extensive coverage. Non-specialists as well as linguists will
find in this volume, a companion to Language in Australia, Language in the
USA and Language in the British Isles, an indispensable guide and reference
to the linguistic heritage of Canada.
- Up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of the Canadian linguistic and
- Stresses the links between languages and other important aspects of social
- Broad and prestigious group of authors