"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.
Language and Politics in Africa is a fine collection of both empirically and
theoretically based articles from across the African continent and beyond, but
all focusing on the twin issues of Language and Politics in post colonial African
countries. The authors offer critical perspectives on contemporary theoretical,
empirical and policy issues related to language and how such issues manifest
themselves at the inevitable interface with politics in a number of African
countries. Coming at a time when most African countries are still grappling with
language policy and planning issues while others are increasingly having to
contend with the political outcomes of linguistically and ethnically
heterogeneous nation-states, the present volume is a must read for scholars
and students who are interested on the twin issues of language and politics
since it represents one of the first attempts at documenting how language and
politics affect each other in a number of African countries. The volume is
divided into two sections dealing with the politics of language and the language
of politics in African countries.