"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.
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This interdisciplinary monograph explores the discursive manifestations of
the conflict over how to remember and interpret the actions of the military
during the last dictatorship in Uruguay (1973-1985). Through the
exploration of the discursive ways in which this powerful group represents
past events and participants, we can trace the ideological struggle over
how to reconstruct a traumatic past. By looking at memory as a social and
discursive practice, the analysis identifies particular semiotic practices
and linguistic patterns deployed in the construction of memory. The
discursive description of what is remembered, how it is remembered, and who
remembers serves to explain how the institution's construction of the past
is transformed and maintained to respond to outside criticism and create an
institutional identity as a lawful state apparatus. This book should
interest discourse analysts, historians, sociologists and researchers in
the field of transitional justice.