"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.
At the University of Arizona we offer a course entitled "Individuals and Society" as part of a university wide general education requirement. It is mostly taken by first-year students. Other departments (Cog Sci. and Psychology for example) offer versions of the course as well based on their core content. For lack of a better way to explain it, I've been calling i "Linguistics Lite". We offer this class and Intro to Linguistics for Non-Majors as well that is much more substantitive. I would like to get in contact with others who are teaching this type of class. Thanks! Elizabeth Winkler Elizabeth Grace Winkler Office: Social Sciences 320 Mailing Address: Dept. of Linguistics Douglass Bldg. 200E. University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721