"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.
The Language Difference
Language and Development in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region
Language is a sensitive issue in the developing world, because language
choice and behaviour are integral to the social, economic and political
stability of multicultural societies. To what extent does this argument
hold? Does language make a difference when it comes to development, and is
there a perceptible difference in development between countries that is
attributable to their choice of language? This book sets out to answer
these questions by investigating how language has been and is being used in
four countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (i.e. Cambodia, the Lao
PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam), especially in the critical areas of education,
health, the economy and governance.