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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

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.

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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

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.

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Title: Diachronic Perspectives on Domain-Specific English
Edited By: Marina Dossena
Irma Taavitsainen
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11176
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 40

This volume reflects the results of a workshop on the investigation of
specialized discourse in a diachronic perspective, held within the 15th
European Symposium on Language for Special Purposes ('New Trends in
Specialized Discourse', Bergamo 2005). The articles deal with developments
from the late medieval period to the present day, and the book encompasses
studies in which the long-established tradition of domain-specific English
is highlighted.

The fields of contributions range from scientific to legal to political and
business discourse. Special attention is given to argumentation, in an
attempt to assess the time-depth of typical rhetorical strategies. Some
methodological innovations are introduced in corpus linguistics. Numerous
contributions bring new materials to scholarly discussion, as recently
released or in-progress 'second-generation' corpora are used as data.
Recent changes in present-day legal and scientific writing are also
discussed as they witness fast adaptation to new requirements, due to the
advent and growing familiarity of new technologies, international law and
changes in academia.


Marina Dossena/Irma Taavitsainen: From Synchrony to Diachrony in
Domain-specific English: An Introduction
Nicholas Brownlees: Gerrard Winstanley and Radical Political Discourse in
Cromwellian England
Dawn Archer: Tracing the Development of Advocacy in Two Nineteenth-century
English Trials
Paola Tornaghi: William Dugdale and MS Harley 1129: An Unpublished
Seventeenth-century Legal Glossary
Hans Landqvist: Continuity and Change: The Swedish Legal Lexicon as Seen
from the Perspective of a Monolingual Specialist Dictionary
Joanna Bugaj: Sources of Discourse-specific Vocabulary in Middle Scots
Administrative Records: An Etymological Study of Binominals
Marjorie Lorvik: Language Contact and Lexical Variation in the Context of
the North Sea Timber Trade
Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti: From Your obedient humble servants to Yours
faithfully: The Negotiation of Professional Roles in the Commercial
Correspondence of the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century
Marina Dossena: Forms of Self-representation in Nineteenth-century Business
Martti Mäkinen: Dissemination of Textual Material and Second-Generation
Corpora: Finding Intertexts in Early English Medical Writing
Päivi Pahta: Ful Holsum and Profetable for the Bodi: A Corpus Study of
Amplifiers in Medieval English Medical Texts
Jukka Tyrkkö: From Tokens to Symptoms: 300 Years of Developing Discourse on
Medical Diagnosis in English Medical Writing
Elena Seoane/Christopher Williams: Changing the Rules: A Comparison of
Recent Trends in English in Academic Scientific Discourse and Prescriptive
Legal Discourse.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039111760
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 280
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