"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.
It is estimated that there are currently more than 400 million Spanish
speakers worldwide, with the United States being home to one of the world's
largest native Spanish-speaking populations. Reflecting the increasing
importance of the Spanish language both in the U.S. and abroad, "The
Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics" features a collection of newly-written
essays contributed by top Spanish linguistics scholars that explore all
facets relating to the origins, evolution, and geographical variations of
the Spanish language. While coverage is provided on applied concerns
such as second language learning, Spanish in the classroom, immigration,
heritage languages and bilingualism, several essays also address the
significant body of theoretical work emerging in Spanish linguistics. By
combining the most crucial elements of current findings in theoretical and
applied research, "The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics" sheds new light on
the increasing growth and importance of the Spanish language.