"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.
Linguistics is important. An understanding of linguistic principles is as
essential to the layperson as it is to the language scholar. Using concrete
examples from politics, law, and education, this book shows how people
misconceive language every day and what the consequences of misconceptions
can be. Since the meanings of words are often fuzzy at best, this volume
argues for a flexible approach to meaning and definitions, and demonstrates
how this approach can help us understand many conflicts. It is an
alternative way of viewing and doing sociolinguistics.
"Language Misconceived: Arguing for Applied Cognitive Sociolinguistics"
offers many specific suggestions and guidelines for approaching a
linguistic project. The ideas expressed in this book have been class tested
for several years. Students enthusiastically appreciate the connections
drawn between linguistics and real-life problems. The goal is to help
students of sociolinguistics avoid pitfalls that may inhibit research.
"Language Misconceived: Arguing for Applied Cognitive Sociolinguistics" is
intended primarily for graduate and Ph.D. students of linguistics,
especially those interested in applying linguistics to fields like
politics, law, and education. It may also be recommended to seasoned
linguists as well as researchers in communication, sociology, psychology,