"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.
It is timely for researchers to approach metaphor as social and situated,
as a matter of language and discourse, and not just as a matter of thought.
Over the last twenty five years, scholars have come to appreciate in depth
the cognitive, motivated and embodied nature of metaphor, but have tended
to background the linguistic form of metaphor and have largely ignored how
this connects to its role in the discourses in which our lives are
constructed and lived. This book brings language and social dimensions into
the picture, offering snapshots of metaphor use in real language and in
real lives across the very different cultures of Europe and Brazil and
contributing to the theorizing of metaphor in discourse.