"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 fifth volume of the collected works explores 'the semantic character
of scientific discourse.' It opens with a new essay by Professor Halliday
in which he looks at the power of language to make meaning, and addresses
the question 'how big is a language'? In the essays that follows Halliday
argues that there is no single register of science, but there are numerous
scientific discourses. Looking at the history of scientific discourse, it
is possible to see new strategies evolving which are grounded in processes
of metaphor. These grammatical metaphors increase the power that a
language has for theorizing and hence it is within these metaphors that
much of the power of language resides.