"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 comprehensive introduction to Language and the Law looks at the common
areas of interaction between linguistics and the legal process. Each
chapter presents a language issue or problem relevant to the law. This is
then examined using excerpts from cases where judges in their decisions
have had to confront that particular issue. Professor Schane considers each
issue both from the legal point of view and from a linguistic point of
view, to show how each are relevant to each other.
The book requires no previous legal or linguistic background, and all
concepts and notions from the two fields are explained in a non-technical
manner. This fascinating introduction to Language and the Law will be of
interest to students and academics encountering this area for the first
time. Student friendly features include: exercises, suggestions for further
reading, glossary and excerpts from relevant cases.