"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 engages with English in globalization, re-examining and
re-interpreting the contemporary contexts of its acquisition and use. The
chapters contained in this book weave together four inter-related themes
that define the role of English in the global context: the ‘centrality of
structure’, ‘relationships of interdependence’, ‘social constructions of
difference’ and ‘reproduction of inequality’. These themes enable the
authors to draw attention to the dynamics of the contemporary realities of
the ‘English-speaking’ and ‘English-using’ nations, especially as they
compete for cultural, social, economic and symbolic capital in global
networks. In engaging World Englishes with the sociolinguistics of
globalization, the authors raise some fundamental questions about the
status, structure, and functions of World Englishes.