"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.
Developing Academic Literacies
Understanding Disciplinary Communities' Culture and Rhetoric
Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Volume 4
This book combines a social constructionist view of academic writing with a
pedagogical orientation seeking to explore the dialogic relationship
between the culture of academic discourse communities and their rhetoric,
and provide a comprehensive analysis of variation across disciplines,
genres and national intellectual cultures. The analysis focuses on the
rhetorical organisation of research genres and the resources that convey
authors' epistemic and attitudinal stance. The findings form the basis for
the design of socio-culturally oriented learning materials for the teaching
of writing in the disciplines and the development of academic literacies.
Disciplinary Communities' Culture and Genres - Rhetorical Patterns in
Disciplinary Written Communication: Genre Analysis - Engaging in Dialogue:
Hedges - Investing in Propositions and Alluding to Shared Understandings:
Attitude, Certainty and Common Knowledge Markers - Appearing as the Author,
Researcher and Originator of Claims: Personal Attribution - Rhetoric and
National Cultures: Cross-Cultural Variation - Developing Academic
Literacies - In Practice.