"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.
Conversations between AIDS counsellors and their clients bring delicate and
potentially threatening issues into play. In this study Anssi Peräkylä
applies the principles of conversation analysis to his exploration of AIDS
counselling, using data from video-recorded counselling sessions in a
London teaching hospital. He meticulously analyses this data to show how
various questioning techniques, in this case arising from the Milan School
Family Systems theory, operate in these situations, and how counsellors
attempt through the design and placement of their questions to achieve the
cooperation of their clients, with varying success. His conclusions provide
a timely and illuminating insight into the management of a sensitive topic
through various techniques of indirectness.
"This is an excellent theoretical book that discusses the face-to-face
interaction of counselling....An excellent book for all counselors to read
and a highly recommended book for all medical and academic libraries."
AIDS Book Review Journal