"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.
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
This book challenges the widely held stereotype that men either have an
impoverished emotional life or are inhibited in talking about their
emotions. In this major study of middle-aged and older heterosexual men,
Dariusz Galasinski demonstrates that they talk about their emotions both
indirectly and openly, that masculinity can be constructed in terms of
emotions and emotionality in both men's as well as women's discourse.
Taking a radically contextual notion of identity, the author argues further
for a disassociation of father's identity from biological fatherhood,
demonstrating that men can construct themselves as genderless parents. He
shows how, faced with unemployment or other difficult experiences, men and
women use the same discursive practices in expressing feelings of
helplessness. Finally, the book challenges the notion that gender is
relevant to all social interactions, concluding that class, ethnicity or
employment are fare more significant.