"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.
This project makes available for the first time the entire corpus of
lectures by a writer whose thought and method influenced a generation of
sociologists and sociolinguists. Originally published as two volumes, this
comprehensive single-volume edition contains the complete lectures,
beginning with the lectures delivered at UCLA, from Fall 1964 through
Spring 1968. Sacks explores a great variety of topics, but two key issues
emerge: rules of conversational sequencing, and membership categorization
devices. The lectures culminate in the extensive and formal explication of
turn-taking delivered in Fall 1967.