"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.
Resistance and accommodation in plantation-era Fiji
The book explores the historical dimension of Indian indenture from within the
lived experience of laborers, who emigrated to Fiji from colonial India a century
ago. As these laborers are no longer alive, one could argue that the experience
of indenture is no longer accessible, if there had not been recordings of the
laborers’ life narratives. It is seven of these audio recordings, made for public
broadcast, which form the data for a fine-grained language-analysis to unearth
the life-world of indenture. Through the merging of Labov’s high-point analysis
with Bamberg’s positioning analysis, the book focuses on the situated
discursive performativity of identities, and draws attention to the complex and at
times conflicting positions within the life narratives. Sorting through those
positions resulted in the ultimate challenge to the essentially homogenizing
current master narrative discourse on who can be classified as an indentured
laborer, and what signifies as an indenture experience.