"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.
Analysing Casual Conversation, first published in 1997 by Cassell and
re-issued now in paperback by Equinox, develops a systematic model for the
analysis and description of casual conversation in English. Working through
authentic examples of casual conversations involving participants differing
in age, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic class, the authors argue that
despite its sometimes aimless appearance and apparently unstructured
content, casual conversation is a highly structured activity and plays a
critical role in the social construction of reality. Drawing on insights
from sociology, linguistics and critical semiotics, the book equips readers
with the analytic skills to describe the layers of structure and critical
interpretive frameworks to explain the 'social work' that goes on through chat.