"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.
Anthropologist and law professor Elizabeth Mertz takes us inside the
first-year law classroom, unpacking the mysterious process by which law
students learn to "think like lawyers." This process, which forces students
to think and talk in radically new and different ways about conflicts, is
directed by professors in the course of their lectures and examinations,
and conducted via spoken and written language. Using linguistic analysis,
this book tracks the relentless shift away from social and moral grounding
that law students must undergo to become lawyers. Mertz bases her study on
tape recordings from first year Contracts courses in eight different law