"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.
Talk clearly cannot be reduced to the expression of an abstract semiotic form, but refers necessarily to a particular activity that restricts it and gives it meaning. Conversely, acting in the social domain quite often mobilizes language resources to mediatize the final behaviours of the actors. From this dual understanding comes a rich and stimulating research programme, that of psychosocial pragmatics, which aims to describe systematically the complex relations created between human activities and the use of language. To contribute to this "actional turnaround" of language sciences, La parole en action offers a critical inventory of the theories of action issuing from analytical philosophy, cognitive psychology and various sociological trends. Based on empirical data, the work proposes explicit instruments of analysis making it possible to explain the praxeological dimension of verbal interactions as well as the relationships between the structures of dialogue and the management of social activities.
Laurent Filliettaz is a member of the Geneva school of discourse analysis and has participated in recent developments of the modular approach initiated by Eddy Roulet. He is one of the authors of Un modèle et un instrument d'analyse de l'organisation du discours (Peter Lang, 2001) and is currently a lecturer and assistant teacher in the Linguistics Department at the University of Geneva.
This work is intended particularly for students and researchers in the langauge sciences interested in a description of the situational components of discourse. More generally, it is intended for all linguists and psychosociologists concerned with theories of interaction, the analysis of activity and language in the workplace.