"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.
Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced book.
*Part of a series but this volume also stands on its own
*Draws on some state-of-the-art reviews of current concerns in the study of
literacy prepared by leading writers and researchers
*Features contributions from authors originating from nine different countries
Literacy is the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Language and
Education, the first attempt to overview an area which has emerged as a
coherent and exciting field of study in the last two decades. While forming
part of a series of ten volumes, Literacy also stands on its own, drawing
on some state-of-the-art reviews of current concerns in the study of
literacy prepared by leading writers and researchers. The book is organised
in three main sections: Literacies and Social Theory, Literacies and Social
Institutions and Living Literacies – Social and Cultural Experience. The
approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on insights from fields as diverse
as anthropology and computer science, sociolinguistics and psychology. The
international flavour of the volume is reflected not only in the choice of
contributors from nine different countries but also in the emphasis
throughout on the impact of globalization on our understanding of literacy.