"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.
First published as a Special Issue of Interpreting (10:1, 2008) and
complemented with two articles published in Interpreting (12:1, 2010), this
volume provides a panoramic view of the complex and uniquely constrained
practice of court interpreting. In an array of empirical papers, the nine
authors explore the potential of court interpreters to make or break the
proceedings, from the perspectives of the minority language speaker and of
the other participants. The volume offers thoughtful overviews of the
tensions and conflicts typically associated with the practice of court
interpreting. It looks at the attitudes of
judicial authorities towards interpreting, and of interpreters towards the
concept of a code of ethics. With further themes such as the interplay of
different groups of "linguists" at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal and the
language rights of indigenous communities, it opens novel perspectives on
the study of interpreting at the interface between the letter of the law
and its implementation.