"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.
Directions in Empirical Literary Studies is on the cutting edge of
empirical studies and is a much needed volume. It both widens the scope of
empirical studies and looks at them from an intercultural perspective by
bringing together renowned scholars from the fields of philosophy,
sociology, psychology, linguistics and literature, all focusing on how
empirical studies have impacted these different areas. Theoretical issues
are discussed and solid methods are presented. Some chapters also show the
relation between empirical studies and new technology, examining
developments in computer science and corpus linguistics. This book takes a
global perspective, with contributors from many different countries, both
senior and junior researchers. Broad in scope and interdisciplinary in
nature, it contributes with the state-of-the-art developments in the field.