"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.
Questions and Answers in the English Courtroom (1640–1760)
This book belongs to the rapidly growing field of historical pragmatics.
More specifically, it aims to lend definition to the area of historical
sociopragmatics. It seeks to enhance our understanding of the language of
the historical courtroom by documenting changes to the discursive roles of
the most active participant groups of the English courtroom (e.g. the
judges, lawyers, witnesses and defendants) in the period 1640–1760.
Although the primary focus is on questions and answers, this book also
analyses the use of eliciting and non-eliciting devices (e.g. requests and
commands) as a means of demonstrating similarities and differences over
time. Particular strengths of this work include the study of different
types of trial, making the results potentially more representative of the
courtroom in general, and the innovative discourse analytic approach, which
blends corpus methodology and sociopragmatic analysis, thereby enabling the
quantitative analysis of functional phenomena.