"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.
"Kubla Khan" – Poetic Structure, Hypnotic Quality and Cognitive Style
This book endorses Coleridge's statement: "nothing can permanently please
which does not contain in itself the reason why it is so". It conceives of
"Kubla Khan" as of a hypnotic poem, in which the "obtrusive rhythms"
produce a hypnotic, emotionally heightened response, giving false security
to the "Platonic Censor", so that our imagination is left free to explore
higher levels of uncertainty. Critics intolerant of uncertainty tend to
account for the poem's effect by extraneous background information. The
book consists of three parts employing different research methods. Part One
is speculative, and discusses three aspects of a complex aesthetic event:
the verbal structure of "Kubla Khan", validity in interpretation, and the
influence of the critic's decision style on his critical decisions. The
other two parts are empirical. Part Two explores reader response to gestalt
qualities of rhyme patterns and hypnotic poems in perspective of decision
style and professional training. Part Three submits four recordings of the
poem by leading British actors to instrumental investigation.
Table of contents
Kubla Khan: Or a Vision in a Dream, a Fragment by Samuel Taylor Coleridge ix
Part One: Criticism and Meta-Criticism
1. "Kubla Khan" and the Implied Critic’s Decision Style 11
2. The Texture and Structure of "Kubla Khan" 79
Part Two: The Reader and Real Readers
3. Gestalt Qualities in Poetry and the Reader’s Absorption Style 115
Part Three: Vox Humana
4. Performing "Kubla Khan" — An Instrumental Study of Four Readings 143
Integration and Wider Perspectives 205