"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.
The complex politics of English as a world language provides the backdrop
both for linguistic studies of varieties of English around the world and
for postcolonial literary criticism. The present volume offers
contributions from linguists and literary scholars that explore this common
ground in a spirit of open interdisciplinary dialogue.
Leading authorities assess the state of the art to suggest directions for
further research, with substantial case studies ranging over a wide variety
of topics - from the legitimacy of language norms of lingua franca
communication to the recognition of newer post-colonial varieties of
English in the online OED. Four regional sections treat the
Caribbean (including the diaspora), Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and
Australasia and the Pacific Rim.
Each section maintains a careful balance between linguistics and
literature, and external and indigenous perspectives on issues. The book is
the most balanced, complete and up-to-date treatment of the topic to date.