"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.
Environment of Language is designed for use both as an introduction to the growing field of ecolinguistics and to add a linguistic perspective to environmental studies, environmental impact planning, ecotourism and philosophy. It deals with such major questions as the interrelationship between language and the world, environmental problems, and the importance of preserving language diversity. The book is structured in such a way as to make it ideal for use as a textbook at university level but great care has been taken to ensure that its contents are also accessible to the interested layman. This book shows how language and the world are interrelated. It examines the consequences of this ecolinguistic perspective in a wide range of domains including ecotourism, advertising, green campaigns, and environmental impact assessments. It provides the concepts and linguistic tools needed to gain a critical understanding of the role of language in shaping environmental attitudes and actions. The author argues that environmental problems require multiple perspectives for their solution and that preserving language diversity is a necessary part of preserving biodiversity. This book can be used as an introduction to the growing field of ecolinguistics or to add a linguistic perspective to environmental studies, environmental impact planning, ecotourism and philosophy. It is informed by virtually the entire body of writings about language and ecology in a number of languages, and by the author's personal contacts with some of the main players in this field. Apart from its comprehensive (interdisciplinary) database, the book aims at developing a theory or research tool with applications in many areas of knowledge.