"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.
This book presents a critical synthesis of sociolinguistics that centers on
the study of language variation and change, and identifies opportunities
for future research.
Since the inception of sociolinguistics four decades ago, the correlation
of dependent linguistic variables has provided the theoretical core of the
discipline. This volume reviews the essential findings that form its
foundation and shows how empirical explorations have made it the most
stimulating field in the contemporary study of language.
Sociolinguistic Theory discusses the linguistic variable and its
significance, crucial social variables such as social stratification, sex
and age, and the cultural purposes of linguistic variation. This second
edtion has been updated to incorporate new findings and expand on the
discussion of communicative competence and developmental sociolinguistics.