"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.
This book aims to appraise sociolinguistic work devoted to the form and
function of storytelling and to examine in detail the ways in which
narrative constitutes a fundamental discursive resource across a range of
contexts. The chapters presented here bring together some of the most
recent work in the theory and practice of narrative analysis from a broad
sociolinguistic perspective. They address some of the questions left
implicit whenever stories are brought within the analytic frame of
sociolinguistics: What exactly do we mean by 'story'?; what kind of social
and contextual variations can determine the production and shape of
situated stories, and what are the core elements of narrative as a
discursive unit and interactional resource?; how is the relationship
between narrative discourse and social context articulated in the
construction of cultural identities? The data come both from institutional
settings such as workplaces, courtrooms, schools, and the media, as well as
from informal everyday settings.