"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.
Linguistic Policies and the Survival of Regional Languages in France and Britain
Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities
It was traditionally assumed that having a single official language was a
necessary condition for the wellbeing of the state, particularly in France and
Britain. This assumption is now questioned, and the regional languages are
making, in some cases, an impressive comeback. It is the story of their
decline, their survival and, more recently their efforts to re-establish
themselves as effective tools of normal communication which is tackled in
this book. Each language is analyzed in terms of its development from the
earliest times, through its period of decline to present-day efforts at