"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.
'Discourse, Technology and Change' presents a detailed analysis of
discourses that initiate, enable, and stabilise social change in
organizational contexts. The book examines the function of written
discourse within this setting to examine the dynamic relationships between
writing, technology, and socio-cultural change. Focusing on everyday texts
used to create technical and social change, the book offers a detailed
study of the intersections of discourse, technology and persuasion
illustrated through an empirical case study of technological change in an
academic institution. The book seriously engages the claim that texts
dually construct and reflect social networks and social action. Working at
both the micro and macro textual level, the book examines the functions of
change discourse providing a framework for understanding how change is
constituted within social networks. This cutting-edge monograph will be of
interest to academics researching discourse analysis and applied linguistics.