"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.
This volume discusses several facets of English in today's multilingual
Europe. It emphasizes the interdependence between cultures, languages and
situations that influence its use. This interdependence is particularly
relevant to European settings where English is being learned as a second
language. Such learning situations constitute the core focus of the book.
The volume is unique in bringing together empirical studies examining
factors that promote the learning of English in Europe. Rather than
assuming that English is a threat to linguistic diversity and cultural
independence, these studies discuss psycholinguistic factors such as the
input, and sociolinguistic factors such as the type of English that is
targeted in learning. The contributing authors are well-established
specialists who have worked on multilingualism, English as a Lingua Franca
and second language acquisition. The book will be of interest to applied
linguists, sociolinguists and teachers of English as a foreign language.