"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.
The clear language of 'Key Terms in Semiotics' and its many specific
examples make this succint survey of semiotics, theory and rhetoric an
invaluable tool for scholars and students. What is semiotics? This term is
applied in a wide range of disciplines from literary theory and film to
law, architecture and communication studies. But what does it actually mean
and how can we use it?
Key Terms in Semiotics provides exactly the information that a student
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what semiotic theory actually is" definitions of Key Terms in semiotics
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Saussure, Barthes, Greimas and Merleau-Ponty" an example of the practical
application of semiotics to the text Written in an accessible and lucid
style, this book is an essential resource for anyone interested in
semiotics, with a background in any subject.