"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.
Discourses and Practices of Negotiating the EU Constitution
After successive waves of enlargement, the European Union (Eu) has been
struggling with political integration. The project of the
constitutionalisation of the EU was therefore launched to cater to a
growing need of institutional reform, but it also intensified debates about
the underlying conceptions, norms and values of the European polity as well
as the meanings and identities of entire Europe.
This book approaches the ongoing legal and political re-construction of the
EU through a focus on the Convention on the Future of Europe (2002-2003)
which produced a draft of the EU's first constitution. The Convention is
studied from a multidisciplinary perspective integrating approaches from
ethnography of institutions, political sociology and linguistically-based
discourse analysis. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and multiple textual
data, the book offers an inside perspective on the multitude of ways in
which politics in supranational environments works in practice. The book
also contributes to the ongoing research on the discursive
(re-)negotiations of meanings of Europe and European integration in the
institutions of the European Union.
Constitutionalisation of the European Union - EU legitimacy and democratic
deficit - Future of Europe Debate - Case-study of the practices and culture
of consensus-building in the EU - Discursive construction of European
identities - Fieldwork at the EU's Convention on the Future of Europe -
Semi-structured interviews - Critical discourse analysis - Ethnography of
the European Union.