"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 issue of sexist language has been hotly debated within feminist circles
since the 1960s. Previous books have tended to regard sexism in language as
easy to identify and have suggested solutions to overcome and counter
sexism. Sara Mills takes a fresh and more critical look at sexism in
language, and argues that even in feminist circles it has become a
problematic concept. Drawing on conversational and textual data collected
over the last ten years, and with reference to recent research carried out
in a range of different academic disciplines, Mills suggests that there are
two forms of sexism - overt and indirect. Overt sexism is clear and
unambiguous, while indirect sexism is based on pragmatics and the meaning
and interpretation of utterances. Indirect sexism is extremely common and
we therefore need new ways to challenge and analyse its usage in language.