"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.
In Men and the Language of Emotions Dariusz Galasinski challenges the
commonly held association of rationality with masculinity, involving
distancing from the language of emotions. Drawing on a major study of
heterosexual men talking about their life and relationships, he
demonstrates that men are capable of speaking of emotions and can do so in
direct and uninhibited ways. He also discusses the crucial role of
emotionality in constructions of masculine identities - those of men,
fathers or husbands. The book ends with a proposal for a radically
contextual understanding of gender and gender identities.