"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.
A comparative study in Mandarin Chinese and Korean
This book investigates request strategies in Mandarin Chinese and Korean,
and is one of the first attempts to address cross-cultural strategies
employed in the speech act of requests in two non-Western languages. The
data, drawn from role-plays and naturally recorded conversations,
complement each other in terms of exhaustiveness and authenticity. This
study explores the similarities and differences of the request patterns
that emerged in the Chinese and Korean data, and the intricate relation
between request strategies and social factors (such as power and distance).
The findings raise questions about the influence of methodology on data,
and the applicability of so called universals to East Asian languages. They
also offer new insights into generally held ideas of directness and
requesting behaviours in Chinese and Korean, and the problems of
cross-cultural and cross-linguistic communication.This research is
suggestive for the disciplines of cross-cultural pragmatics, cross-cultural
communication, contrastive linguistics, applied linguistics and discourse