"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.
"Doing Pragmatics" achieved success through its unparalleled capacity to
render pragmatics truly accessible to students. Embracing the comprehensive
and engaging style which characterized the previous editions, the third
edition is fully revised and expanded. Grundy consolidates the strengths of
the original version, reinforcing its unique combination of theory and
practice with new theory, exercises and up-to-date, real data and examples.
New chapters include pragmatic strengthening and language evolution, and
intercultural communication. "Doing Pragmatics" is designed for pragmatics
courses both at an introductory and a more advanced level. It extends
beyond theory to promote an applied understanding of empirical data and to
provide students with the opportunity to "do" pragmatics themselves,
providing the ideal foundation for all those studying linguistics and ELT.
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