"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.
"Doing Applied Linguistics" provides a concise, lively and accessible
introduction to the field of applied linguistics for readers who have little or no
prior knowledge of the subject. The book explores the basics of the field then
goes on to examine in more depth what applied linguists actually do, and the
types of research methods that are most frequently used in the field. By
reading this book students will find the answers to four sets of basic
-What is applied linguistics, and what do applied linguists do?
-Why do it? What is the point of applied linguistics?
-How and why might I get involved in applied linguistics?
-How to do it? What kinds of activities are involved in doing applied linguistic
Written by teachers and researchers in applied linguistics "Doing Applied
Linguistics" is essential reading for all students with interests in this area.