"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.
He Said, She Said: Gender, Language, & Communication.
Into The Classroom Media. A videotape of a presentation to a university audience in which Deborah Tannen explains and illustrates her linguistic approach to understanding conversations between women and men. Including video clips of children at play and talking to their best friends, Tannen shows that ways of speaking that tend to characterize and sometimes distinguish women and men can be traced to conversational styles learned as children growing up. Topics include:
- Why many men don't like to stop and ask for directions - When do women tend to be more indirect than men-and when do men tend to be more indirect than women? - Who talks more, women or men? - Why are women so often told, "Don't apologize; it's not your fault"? - Why do so many women complain, "He doesn't talk to me and he doesn't listen," whereas many men complain "She nags"? - What conversational rituals common among women are taken too literally by men, and what conversational rituals common among men are taken too literally by women?
Into The Classrom Media
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