"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 autoethnographic account of the author’s Japanese as a second language
learning trajectory is an important and unique addition to diary studies in
SLA and applied linguistics qualitative research circles. In-depth
ethnographic details and introspective commentary are skilfully interwoven
throughout Simon-Maeda’s narrative of her experiences as an American
expatriate who arrived in Japan in 1975 – the starting point of her being
and becoming a speaker of Japanese. The book joins the recent surge in
postmodernist, interdisciplinary approaches to examining language
acquisition, and readers are presented with a highly convincing case for
using autoethnography to better understand sociolinguistic complexities
that are unamenable to quantification of isolated variables. The
comprehensive literature review and wide ranging references provide a
valuable source of information for researchers, educators, and graduate
students concerned with current issues in SLA/applied linguistics,
bi/multilingualism, and Japanese as a second language.