"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.
Counter-narratives only make sense in relation to something else, that
which they are countering. The very name identifies it as a positional
category, in tension with another category. But what is dominant and what
is resistant are not, of course, static questions, but rather are forever
shifting placements. The discussion of counter-narratives is ultimately a
consideration of multiple layers of positioning. The fluidity of these
relational categories is what lies at the center of the chapters and
commentaries collected in this book. The book comprises six target chapters
by leading scholars in the field. Twenty-two commentators discuss these
chapters from a number of diverse vantage points, followed by responses
from the six original authors. A final chapter by the editor of the book
series concludes the book.