"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.
French - An Accommodating Language? / Le français: langue d'accueil?
The noted linguist Henriette Walter is a well known media figure in France, who has used her extensive range of scholarly work to take a stance in the current debate on the French language and to debunk the idea that the language is under threat. She shows that French has always been an accommodating language - une langue d'accueil - taking in words from many different sources. This bilingual volume makes Mme Walter's approach accessible to English speakers and provides reactions to it from a number of scholars working in British universities.
Préface Howard Evans (University of Leeds) 1. Le Français, langue d'accueil: chronologie, typologie et dynamique/ French - an Accommodating Language: Chronology Henriette Walter (Université de Haute-Bretagne) 2. La métaphore de l'emprunt: Implications pour une théorie de l'évolution des langues. Réponse á Henriette Walter / The Metaphor of Borrowing: Implications for a Theory of Language Evolution: A Response to Henriette Walter Pénélope Gardner-Chloros (Birkbeck College, London University) 3. Le dérèglement du système de pensée français: l'angoisse secrète des puristes? Réponse à Henriette Walter/ Is it the Corruption of French Thought Processes that Purists Fear? A Response to Henriette Walter Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck College, University of London) 4. La dimension politique de l'emprunt et la réaction français. Réponse à Henriette Walter / The Political Dimension of Borrowings and French Reactions. A Response to Henriette Walter Dennis Ager (Aston University, Birmingham) 5. Le français, langue d'accueil ou langue sur la défensive? Réponse à Henriette Walter/ Is French Really Open to Outside Influences? A Response to Henriette Walter Anne Judge (Surrey University) 6. Itinéraires étymologiques. uelques mots en supplément / Etymological Routes. Some Supplementary Remarks Malcolm Offord (Nottingham University) 7. La réforme de l'orthographe en France et en Allemagne: attitudes et réactions/Spelling Reform in France and Germany: Attitudes and Reactions Rodney Ball (University of Southampton) 8. Le français de Belgique filerait-il à l'anglaise?/ Is Belgian French More Susceptible to English Influence? Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston University, Birmingham)