"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.
Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket
Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
"Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket" lays
bare crucial roles played by community and resistance in the refashioning of
heritage languages. Robin Sabino draws on her community relationships, her
fieldwork with a last speaker, and research from a range of disciplines, to
advance a revisionist history that elucidates the African linguistic resources
used to create community in a land those who were transhipped did not choose
and from which they could not return. In parallel fashion, the narrative locates
the partial appropriation of creole features by the colony’s Euro-Caribbean
community in the emergence of local identity. It also traces the replacement of
Dutch and Virgin Islands Dutch Creole with their English counterparts.