"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.
In this timely and important study Martin Montgomery unpicks the inside
workings of what must still be considered the dominant news medium:
broadcast news. Drawing principally on linguistics, but multidisciplinary
in its scope, The Discourse of Broadcast News demonstrates that news
programmes are as much about showing as telling, as much about ordinary
bystanders as about experts, and as much about personal testimony as
calling politicians to account.
Using close analysis of the discourse of television and radio news, the
book reveals how important conventions for presenting news are changing,
with significant consequences for the ways audiences understand its
truthfulness. Fully illustrated with examples and including detailed
examination of the high profile case of ex-BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan,
The Discourse of Broadcast News provides a comprehensive study which will
challenge our current assumptions about the news. The Discourse of
Broadcast News will be a key resource for anyone researching the news,
whether they be students of language and linguistics, media studies or