"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.
Key Terms in Language and Culture is a new collection of 75 short original
essays written by leading scholars in linguistic anthropology and related
fields, and covering the major issues in the contemporary study of language
and culture. Together these essays provide a lexicon of language from an
anthropological perspective. Each essay includes a brief description of a
key concept, the issues associated with the concept, and the major
contributions to its study. There is a set of suggested readings at the end
of each essay that provides readers with a good starting point for a