"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.
This book proposes a path-breaking study of the economics of
multilingualism at work, proposing a systematic approach to the
identification and measurement of the ways in which language skills and
economic performance are related.
Using the instruments of economic investigation, but also explicitly
relating the analysis to the approaches to multilingualism at work
developed in the language sciences, this interdisciplinary book proposes a
systematic, step-by-step exploration of the issue. Starting from a general
identification of the linkages between multilingualism and processes of
value creation, it reviews the contributions of linguistics and economics
before developing a new economic model of production in which language is
taken into account. Testing of the model using data from two countries
provides quantitative estimations of the influence of multilingualism on
economic processes, showing that foreign language skills can make a
considerable contribution to a country’s GDP. These findings have
significant implications for language policy and suggest strategies helping
language planners to harness market forces for increased effectiveness.