"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.
Analyzing Public Discourse demonstrates the use of discourse analysis to
provide testimony in public policy consultations: from environmental impact
statements to changes in laws and policies.
Scollon asserts that it is in the best interest of democratic public
discourse for all participants in the process to be working with a common
discursive framework. He puts forward a strategy by which discourse
analysts can become engaged in this framework as participants through the
process of public consultations. Using documents which are publicly
available online from specific consultative projects, Scollon provides the
reader with concrete examples and introduces basic skills for discourse
Accessible to readers who are new to discourse analysis, Analyzing Public
Discourse will be of interest to students of linguistics and language
studies as well as to those on environmental studies courses. This book can
also be used as a guide for any public consultation which calls for public