"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 Ideologies and the Globalization of 'Standard' Spanish
This book examines how language ideologies are manifested in newspaper media. Using the Spanish press as a case study it considers how media discourse both from and about the Real Academia Española constitutes a set of ‘language ideological debates’ in which the institution represents a vision of what the Spanish language is and what it should be like.
Paffey adopts a Critical Discourse Analysis approach to a large corpus of texts from Spain’s best-selling daily newspapers, El País and ABC. More generally, the book sheds light on how institutions produce and maintain visions of ‘standard language’ in the contemporary context. A global language, such as Spanish, is by nature more widely used outside of the nation state in question than in it.
The book covers recent research on language ideologies, standardization and CDA and considers the application of these to three core discursive themes: language unity and a concept of a ‘panhispanic’ speech community; the RAE’s construction of its authority; and institutional ideologies and management of language on a global scale.
'Paffey’s book is an impressive account to what extent the Spanish Language Academy frames not only the public ideological debates about Spanish as a language, but also the standardization efforts occurring in the Spanish speaking world.' - Rainer Enrique, Hamel Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
Contents: 1. Introduction \ 2. Language ideologies, critical discourse analysis and press discourse \ 3. Language authorities and the standardisation of Spanish \ 4. Linguistic unity and the global community of speakers \ 5. The role and authority of the Real Academia Española and other guardians of Spanish \ 6. The Spanish language in the world \ 7. Conclusions \ Bibliography \ Index