"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.
Japan is widely regarded as a model case of successful language
modernization, and it is often erroneously believed to be linguistically
homogenous. There is a connection between these two views. As the first ever
non-Western language to be modernized, Japanese language modernizers
needed to convince the West that Japanese was just as good a language as the
national languages of the West. The result was a fervent desire for linguistic
uniformity. Today the legacy of modernist language ideology poses many
problems to an internationalizing Japan. All indigenous minority languages are
heading towards extinction, and this purposefully created homogeneity also
affects the integration of immigrants and their languages. This book examines
these issues from the perspective of language ideology, and in doing so the
mechanisms by which language ideology undermines linguistic diversity are