"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.
Applied Linguists Needed
Cross-disciplinary Networking in Endangered Language Contexts
It is a fact that the world’s languages are dying at an alarming rate. This
comprehensive volume aspires to raise awareness among applied linguists
and language practitioners about the needs and concerns of endangered
language communities. It suggests that the way forward lies in building
language revitalization teams reflecting the levels of expertise that the fields
of formal linguistics and applied linguistics have to offer – in how well
researchers and practitioners exploit a tremendous networking potential
across disciplines to address the needs of revitalization, stabilization, or
maintenance in these communities.
A wide range of expert contributors addresses the following themes: (1) how
varied language teaching contexts dictate what applied linguists bring to the
table; (2) how training in applied linguists can empower members of the
speaking community; (3) why we should critically examine the issues and
terminology used to describe endangered language contexts; and (4) how
linguistic skills can be adapted and integrated, conceptually and
pedagogically, into non-traditional teaching contexts. The strength of this
collection lies in bringing together expert applied and field linguists whose
work represents extensive field experiences, theoretical expertise, and
passionate resolve to act.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Language and