"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.
Mapping Africa in the English Speaking World addresses issues of
representations of Africa in the English speaking world. English has become
a global language which has transformed the world into a global village,
and as Graddol (2008) states, it “is now redefining national and individual
identities worldwide; shifting political fault lines; creating new global
patterns of wealth and social exclusion; and suggesting new notions of
human rights and responsibilities of citizenship.” The book grapples with
the relationship between Africa and the rest of the English speaking world,
and touches on issues of (Euro-American) misrepresentations of the
continent in literary works and films etc, misrepresentations which are
nevertheless passed as true and infallible knowledge about Africa; the
marginalization of Africans; the marginalization of African scholarship,
the English language and culture versus African languages and cultures;
language policy and language diglossia in the continent, African theatre in
post colonial Africa, negotiations of identity in the post colonial era,
and relations between gender and language, among other things. These issues
are bound to stimulate debates on Africa and its representation(s) in the
English speaking world.