"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 Renaissance Dialogue
Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 2
This is a full-length study of the use of the dialogue form in Italy from
the early sixteenth century until Galileo. Drawing on a wide range of
sources, it examines the characteristics which determined the genre’s
unrivalled popularity in the period as a vehicle for polemic, debate,
technical exposition and comic drama. More than simply an account of the
development of an individual literary genre, however, the book is a
contribution to the broader social and cultural history of the period. As
representations of conversation, miniature dramas of persuasion, the
dialogues of the Italian Renaissance constitute an extraordinarily rich -
and largely untapped - source of information about the ideals and practice
of communication in the early modern age.
From the hardback review: 'This book is of enormous value to Renaissance
literary and social historians.' -The Times Higher Education Supplement