"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.
Multilingualism and Language Diversity in Urban Areas
This state-of-the-art volume provides an interdisciplinary overview of current
topics and research foci in the areas of linguistic diversity and migration-
induced multilingualism and aims to lay the foundations for interdisciplinary
work and the development of a common methodological framework for the
field. Linguistic diversity and migration-induced multilingualism are complex,
mufti-faceted phenomena that need to be studied from different,
complementary perspectives. The volume comprises a total of fourteen
contributions from linguistic, educationist, and urban sociological
perspectives and highlights the areas of language acquisition, contact and
change, multilingual identities, urban spaces, and education. Linguistic
diversity can be framed as a result of current processes of migration and
globalization. As such the topic of the present volume addresses both a
general audience interested in migration and globalization on a more general
level, and a more specialized audience interested in the linguistic
repercussions of these large-scale societal developments.