"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.
Do women's magazines present us with the perfect female form as an ideal?
Are they squeamish in the face of the more intimate of body parts? Do they
treat 'real' women's bodies differently from celebrities' bodies? These
questions, among others, are addressed in this book, which claims that
women's magazines help to put readers under enormous pressure to conform to
the ideology of the perfect body. Using Critical Discourse Analysis, Lesley
Jeffries considers the different ways in which ideologies of the body are
played out in the language of the magazine . This approach utilizes
concepts such as naming, describing, contrasting and equating to access the
hinterland between structure and meaning, and to map out the subtle ways in
which texts can naturalise the ideology of the perfect female form.