"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.
Second Language Acquisition, Indigenization, Contact
Linguistic complexity is one of the currently most hotly debated notions in
linguistics. The essays in this volume reflect the intricacies of thinking
about the complexity of languages and language varieties (here: of English)
in three major contact-related fields of (and schools in) linguistics:
creolistics, indigenization and nativization studies (i.e. in the realm of
English linguistics, the “World Englishes” community), and Second Language
Acquisition (SLA) research: How can we adequately assess linguistic
complexity? Should we be interested in absolute complexity or rather
relative complexity? What is the extent to which language contact and/or
(adult) language learning might lead to morphosyntactic simplification? The
authors in this volume are all leading linguists in different areas of
specialization, and they were asked to elaborate on those facets of
linguistic complexity which are most relevant in their area of
specialization, and/or which strike them as being most intriguing. The
result is a collection of papers that is unique in bringing together
leading representatives of three often disjunct fields of linguistic
scholarship in which linguistic complexity is seen as a dynamic and
inherently variable parameter.