"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.
Corpus-based Analyses of the Problem-Solution Pattern
This book reports research on the Problem-Solution rhetorical pattern,
which has to date received very little attention in corpus-based studies.
Insights from genre analysis and systemic-functional grammar are also
applied to the analysis of the Problem-Solution pattern, thus moving
towards a more multi-faceted analysis of corpus data. The pattern is
investigated in two specialized corpora of technically-oriented report
writing, a professional corpus and a student corpus, using a key word and
key-key word analysis. Phraseological analyses of key words in both corpora
are presented. Data show that students’ writing lacks a range of
lexico-grammatical patternings for expressing the Problem and Solution
elements of the pattern. The book concludes with some pedagogic
implications and applications of the findings. Suggested concordancing
activities are discussed within the context of key issues in the field of