"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.
This volume explores contrastive rhetoric for audiences in both ESL
contexts and international EFL contexts, exposing the newest developments
in theories of culture and discourse and pushing the boundaries beyond any
previously staked ground. The book presents a comprehensive set of
empirical investigations involving a number of first languages; 13 of the
17 authors are English-as-a-second-language speakers, many working in
non-US contexts. This work develops a coherent agenda for contrastive
rhetoric researchers, studying genres such as school writing, grant
proposals, business letters, newspaper editorials, book reviews, and
newspaper commentaries. Four chapters provide ethnographies and
observations about contrastive rhetoric and the teaching of EFL and ESL.
The book ends with a look to the future, suggesting it is more accurate to
use the term intercultural rhetoric to account for the richness of rhetoric
variation of written texts and the varying contexts in which they are