"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.
Adapting Health Communication to Cultural Needs
Optimizing documents in South-African health communication on HIV and AIDS
The question of what constitutes effective health communication has been
addressed mainly by scholars working in American and European cultural
contexts. Many people who could benefit most from effective health
communication, however, come from different cultures. A prime example is
the threat posed by HIV/AIDS to the people of South Africa. Although it is
generally acknowledged that health communication needs to be tailored to
the target audience's characteristics with cultural background being one of
the most salient ones, little research has been done on how to achieve
this. In this book, we bring together leading scholars in the field of
health communication as well as communication scholars from South Africa.
As such, it can serve as an example of the promises and the limitations of
general health communication theories to local praxis as well as provide
guidelines for the development of better health communication in South Africa.