"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.
The case of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 27
This volume is a research monograph analysing the South African Truth and
Reconciliation Commission (TRC) from an ethnographic/linguistic point of
view. The central proposition of this book is that the TRC can be regarded
as a mechanism that leads to the hegemony of specific discourses, thus
excercising power. The analysis illustrates how, through a certain type of
reconciliation discourse constructed at the TRC hearings, a
reconciliation-oriented reality took shape in post-TRC South Africa.
Basically, the study points to the long-term implications a truth
commission can exert on a traumatised post-conflict society. The book is
unique on several levels: TRC discourse is explored in-depth on the basis
of personal stories from TRC testifiers; a combination of Poststructuralist
and Critical Discourse Analysis approaches form the theoretical
foundations; and an extensive bibliography provides an impressive database
of TRC publications.