"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.
A Pragmatic Analysis of Legal Proofs of Criminal Intent
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A Pragmatic Analysis of Legal Proofs of Criminal Intent is a detailed
investigation of proofs of criminal intent in Israeli courtrooms. The book
analyses linguistic, pragmatic, interpretative and argumentative strategies
used by Israeli lawyers and judges in order to examine the defendants
intention. There can be no doubt that this subject is worthy of a thorough
investigation. A person's intention is a psychological phenomenon and
therefore, unless the defendant chooses to confess his intent, it cannot be
proven directly - either by evidence or by witnesses testimonies. The
defendant's intention must be inferred usually from the overall
circumstances of the case; verbal and situational contexts, cultural and
ideological assumptions and implicatures should be taken into account. The
linguistic analysis of these inferences presented here is necessarily
comprehensive: it requires consideration of a variety of theoretical
frameworks including speech act theory, discourse analysis, argumentation
theory, polyphony theory and text linguistics.