"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.
Murray Knowles and Kristen Malmkjaer examine the work of some of our most popular 19th and 20th century children's writers in order to expose the persuasive power of language. At the heart of LANGUAGE AND CONTROL IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE lie two surveys of children's favorite readings, the first carried out in 1888, the other a hundred years later by the authors themselves. Using a computer analysis of the vocabulary and grammar patterns in the most popular children's texts of each period, the authors examine the ways in which children's writers use language to inculcate a particular world view in the minds of their readers. For example, by examining the work of nineteenth century English writers of juvenile fiction, the authors expose the colonial and class assumptions on which the books were predicated.