"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.
Discourse, Identity, and China's Internal Migration
Rural-urban migration has been going on in China since the early 1980s,
resulting in complicated sociolinguistic environments. Migrant workers are the
backbone of China’s fast growing economy, and yet little is known about their
and their children’s identities – who they are, who they think they are, and who
they are becoming. The study of their linguistic practice can reveal a lot about
their identity construction as well as about transitions in Chinese society and
the (re)formation of social structure at the macro level. In this book, Dong Jie
presents a wide range of ethnographic data which are organised around a scalar
framework. She argues that three scales – linguistic communication,
metapragmatic discourse, and public discourse – interact in complex and