"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.
Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic Survivance
Detailing a decade of life and language use in a remote Alaskan Yup’ik
community, "Youth Culture, Language Endangerment and Linguistic Survivance"
provides rare insight into young people's language brokering and Indigenous
people's contemporary linguistic ecologies. This book examines how two
consecutive groups of youth in a Yup’ik village negotiated eroding heritage
language learning resources, changing language ideologies, and gendered
subsistence practices while transforming community language use over time.
Wyman shows how villagers used specific Yup’ik forms, genres, and discourse
practices to foster learning in and out of school, underscoring the stakes
of language endangerment. At the same time, by demonstrating how the youth
and adults in the study used multiple languages, literacies and
translanguaging to sustain a unique subarctic way of life, Wyman
illuminates Indigenous peoples’ wide-ranging forms of linguistic survivance
in an interconnected world.