"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.
Mediated Discourse sets out a discursive theory of human action. Language and action are intimately related. The difficult question to answer is how they are related. Mediated Discourse Theory looks into social relationships to see how the use of language is both a form of action in itself and is also indirectly related to all other forms of human action. Through the empirical study of a one-year-old child learning to exchange objects with caregivers, Scollon challenges the claim that all practices are represented in discourse and that all discourse has the function of structuring practice.
1. Mediated Discourse: A Discursive Theory of Human Action
2. On the Ontogenesis of a Social Practice
3. On the Ontogenesis of a Social Actor: From Object to
Agency in Baby Talk
4. Objects as Mediational Means: The Crayon Appropriates a
5. The Nexus of Practice
6. Mediated Discourse as a Nexus of Practice