"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.
In Communist times, it was impossible to do sociolinguistic work on
Hungarian in contact with other languages. In the short period of time
since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Hungarian sociolinguists have
certainly done their very best to catch up. This volume brings together the
fruits of their work, some of which was hitherto only available in
Hungarian. The reader will find a wealth of information on many bilingual
communities involving Hungarian as a minority language. The communities
covered in the book are located in countries neighboring Hungary (Austria,
Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine) as well as overseas (in
Australia and the United States). Several of the chapters discuss material
derived from the Sociolinguistics of Hungarian Outside Hungary project.
Throughout the book, the emphasis is on how the language use of Hungarian
minority speakers has been influenced by the majority or contact language,
both on a sociolinguistic macro-level as well as on the micro-level. In the
search for explanations, particular attention is given to typological
aspects of language change under the conditions of language contact.