"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.
Ethnic Styles of Speaking in European Metropolitan Areas
In recent years, ethnic ways of speaking by young people with migrant
background have become an important research object in sociolinguistics; work
on these ways of speaking has been prospering in many European countries.
This work is continued in the present volume, with the aim of bringing together
various research designs which explore the phenomenon from different
perspectives: correlational methodology of sociolinguistic research,
conversation analytical and interactional linguistic methodology, and an
ethnographic perspective on language use and the construction of social
identities and social relations. The aim of the volume is to explore the scope of
these different methodologies and to provide a basis for the discussion and
evaluation of the theories of language variation associated with them. All papers
focus on the description of the linguistic characteristics that constitute the non-
standard structures of ethnic styles of speaking, and look into their various
functions in discourse.