"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.
What are multimodal texts? How can we transcribe and analyse them? How can
multimedia and internet help us in multimodal discourse analysis? What
postproduction and authoring skills are needed to analyse a multimodal text
or to develop a corpus of multimodal texts? How does integrating multimedia
meaning-making resources into hypertext multiply our meaning-making
potential? How does the study of language relate to multimodality and
multimedia, in particular in the e-learning age? How, and to what extent,
will multimodal discourse analysis re-shape linguistics?
In its attempt to provide answers to the questions raised above, and many
others, this book proposes concrete solutions to the problems of multimodal
text analysis and transcription of printed texts, websites and film. As
such, it constitutes a much needed course in multimodal text transcription
and analysis. It also suggests ways in which multimodal discourse analysis
can help both educators and students understand how meaning is made in the
e-learning environments that now play such an important role in our lives.
In both these respects, readers are encouraged to use the book in
conjunction with an associated and freely accessible website which provides
many illustrations and exercises that further contextualise and exemplify
the insights and descriptions provided by the book. As befits a coursebook,
the individual chapters of the book are carefully organised in such a way
as to provide a step-by-step progression in theoretical and descriptive